Deadly police shootings

Chicago cop shot a teenager, did nothing to help him as he lay bleeding: Lawsuit

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The same cop also shot to death the teenager’s neighbor


By Frederick H. Lowe

After a Chicago police officer shot Quintonio LeGrier seven times, he was spitting up blood but still breathing, his father, Antonio, said.

The cop who shot Quintonio LeGrier, however, did not administer first aid to the 19-year-old undergraduate student who was majoring in engineering at Northern Illinois University. Neither did the other cops around him. He died some time later, following what the Cook County Medical Examiner has ruled was a homicide.

Instead, the cops forced Antonio LeGrier to leave the scene of the shooting to be questioned at the 15th District police station.

“Antonio LeGrier was taken from the scene of the shooting, and taken to the Chicago police department district station; thereby separating him from his dying son and family,” according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

Quintonio LeGrier

“When he arrived at the Chicago police department district station, Antonio LeGrier was not allowed to leave until he gave statements to Chicago police detectives and to investigators of the Independent Police Review Authority,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed on December 28, 2014,  two days after the deadly shooting in which Ouintonio LeGrier and his downstairs neighbor, Bettie Jones, 55-year-old grandmother, were shot to death by the same cop whose name the City of Chicago has so far refused to disclose to the public.

Jones was shot to death by the cop in what police claim was an accident, but many community residents said it was another police execution. Antonio LeGrier had asked Jones, who lived in the first- floor apartment to let the police into the building. The LeGriers lived on the second floor.

Antonio LeGrier had called the police because his son, who was mentally ill and was out of control. Police shot to death Jones and Quintonio LeGrier on Saturday, Dec.26, the day after Christmas.

Chicago police are supposed to receive crisis intervention training to defuse situations involving the mentally ill. A CIT-trained officer was not called. After Quintonio LeGrier’s deadly shooting, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said all police officers would receive CIT training.

Jones is represented by Larry R. Rogers and Sam Adam Jr. and LeGrier is represented by Basileios J. Foutris of the Foutris Law Firm.

Antonio LeGrier’s lawsuit covers multiple offenses.

In Count 1, the LeGrier lawsuit alleges that police failed to warn Quintonio LeGrier about the impending use of deadly force and that police used excessive and inappropriate deadly force without lawful justification.

After Antonio LeGrier was shot, the police failed to call for an ambulance or administrator first aid. Not doing anything to help victims of police shooting is a pattern characteristic of the Chicago and other police departments.

Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014, by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, was still alive when he lay on the ground. The cops, however, stood over his body and did not offer any assistance. McDonald died on the way to the hospital.

After two Cleveland police officers shot 12-year-old

Tamir Rice, they refused to render first aid. Instead, the cops arrested and handcuffed his sister and brother who ran to help their brother. An FBI agent who was working in the area where the shooting occurred rushed over an administered first aid to Rice.

Police in all cities claim they killed someone because they feared for their lives even though the murder victims in all instances were unarmed.

LeGrier’s lawsuit covers a large number of areas.

Count 1 seeks in excess of $50,000 from the City of Chicago. The lawsuit charges that the shooting death of Quintonio LeGrier, was not justified. The lawsuit also charges that the cop never warned Quintonio LeGrier that he was about to use deadly force.

Count 2, which includes Count 1’s allegations, charged that the police falsely arrested Antonio LeGrier. The lawsuit charges that police arrest Antonio LeGrier without probable cause and probable justification. Count 2 seeks in excess of $50,000 from the City of Chicago.

It is still not clear why LeGrier, the son, was shot to death. Quoting an unnamed source, The Chicago Tribune reported that he ran outside the building and charged the cop while swinging a bat.

But the lawsuit said that Quintonio LeGrier was inside the building at 4710 W. Erie in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood when he was shot and that the unnamed cop was  standing outside the building.

Police fired three bullets into the wood-frame building. The bullet holes are clearly evident. One bullet went through Jones’ apartment before lodging in a back wall.


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