Panzy Edwards says her son’s case is similar to the Laquan McDonald case because, she claims, there’s video of the shooting and she says she’s not giving up until her son gets justice.
Edwards says she’s still in disbelief.
"Cried all night cried all morning," she said. "My hearts dropped."
Late Thursday night she got news that turned her hope into heartache.
"I don't even care about me, I just want this man to pay for what he did to him," she said.
In a majority vote the Chicago Police Board cleared Officer Brandon Ternand in the fatal shooting of her son 15-year-old son Dakota Bright. The decision comes a little more than a year after the the city’s police watchdog concluded the officer used an unreasonable and excessive amount of force.
"He don't lose his job," she said. "Gets his pension, he gets everything."
Bright was on his way to his grandmother’s house on Nov. 8 2012. He was in the 6700 block of South Indiana Avenue when he was shot in the back of the head by Ternand, who said the teen had a gun.
"He stood behind the garage and killed my baby," Edwards said.
She maintains that the Independent Police Review Authority officials had video of the shooting.
Edwards says her son was her world. She says her focus now is to get the police board ruling overturned.
"I'm not going to give up, it's not no fair to him," she said. "He don't deserve this."
Ternand has been suspended without pay since November.
It’s unclear when he will return to duty.
NBC 5 contacted Chicago police for comment but did not hear back