Carol Stream police officers who shot man to death murdered him, with ‘depraved hearts,’ family says

Civil rights attorney Andrew M. Stroth conducts a press conference on Monday, Feb. 4, 2024 for the family of Isaac Goodlow III who was shot and killed by Carol Stream police officers over the weekend.

The Carol Stream police officers who fatally shot a man “acted with depraved hearts,” murdering an unarmed man, according to the lawyer the family has hired.

Attorney Andrew Stroth released a written statement Monday on behalf of the family of Isaac Goodlow III, who was killed Feb. 3 at an apartment in the 200 block of East St. Charles Road.

The village showed body-camera footage of the shooting to Goodlow’s family last week.

“The family’s worse fears were confirmed during the viewing of the manicured, redacted and heavily edited video they were allowed to see on Feb. 9,” the statement said.

“Nevertheless, it was abundantly clear that the Carol Stream police officers, whose faces and identities were withheld, acted with depraved hearts, recklessly and in violation of Isaac’s constitutional rights when they shot and murdered an unarmed Black man while he was quietly in the bedroom of his own apartment.”

A request for comment on the statement has been made to village and police officials.

The statement said the family demands full, unredacted videos be immediately released to the public.

The statement also said the family is asking the village and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office to immediately act to hold the police department and its officers accountable.

The family “demands the full truth be told about Isaac’s murder at the hands of those who took an oath to protect him,” the statement said.

“The family of Isaac Goodlow III demands those who committed these heinous acts be prosecuted to the ends of justice and will not be silent or rest until those responsible are held to account.”

Chicago activist Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef protested at the police department Monday.

Carol Stream has not released any information about the officers involved, including their names and years of experience.

In its initial news release announcing the shooting, the police department said officers came to the apartment about 4:15 a.m. Feb. 3 for a domestic violence call and that Goodlow was a suspect in that incident. It said officers “encountered a tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving situation.”

The two officers who shot at Goodlow are on paid leave.

The DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigations Team is investigating the shooting and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office will review the findings and determine if the shooting was justified.

On Feb. 9, the police department announced it was showing body-camera footage to the family. It also said it would release “the most relevant video footage” to the public if the investigators and state’s attorney determine it will not negatively affect the investigation.