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USChicago's top cop wants officer fired for fatal 2015 shooting

06:10  08 november  2018
06:10  08 november  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Chicago's top cop wants officer fired for fatal 2015 shooting© Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images LaTonya Jones, center, daughter of Bettie Jones, who along Quintonio LeGrier was shot and killed by police, is comforted outside the West Garfield Park home by her father Garry Mullen as she holds a picture of her mother Sunday Dec. 27, 2015. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has rejected a recommendation from the city’ s police disciplinary agency that he seek to fire an officer in a controversial 2015 shooting that killed two people, according to a letter obtained by The Chicago Tribune.

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Officer Robert Rialmo has maintained that Quintonio LeGrier advanced at officers wielding a baseball bat in a threatening manner. Bettie Jones, a neighbor standing nearby, was killed accidentally by the officer's gunfire in the December 2015 incident.

LeGrier was shot six times, including twice in the back. Jones was hit once in the chest, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said in autopsy reports.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson filed charges with the city's police board on Wednesday, according to a board statement. The board is an independent civilian body that decides disciplinary cases involving Chicago police officers.

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An attorney for Rialmo and the Chicago Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

An initial status hearing on the case is set for Dec. 4.

LeGrier and Jones were African-Americans and their deaths fueled Chicago's already intense debate over police use of force against minorities, which has sparked protests in a number of cities around the United States.

In December 2017, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), an agency charged with investigating complaints against Chicago's police force, found that Rialmo was unjustified in fatally shooting LeGrier and Jones, local media reported.

"COPA supports the superintendent's decision to advance this case ... seeking discharge from the Chicago Police Department," COPA spokesman Ephraim Eaddy told Reuters by phone.

Both LeGrier's and Jones' estates have sued Rialmo and the city for wrongful death.

Rialmo has counter-sued, saying LeGrier attacked him with a baseball bat, forcing him to kill him. Rialmo has also sued the City of Chicago, alleging that he was not properly trained to reduce tensions in heated encounters with mentally ill people.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Tom Brown)

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