Chicago Tribune: Family of woman accidentally shot by Chicago police files lawsuit

The  Chicago Tribune recently reported that a lawsuit has been filed by a women who was shot and killed by police fire in Chicago. The article reports that:

The lawsuit says Bettie Jones was inside the building in the 4700 block of West Erie Street when she was fatally struck. The officer’s response to a domestic dispute involving her neighbors, Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and his father, Antonio, was “an excessive use of force,” the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit contradicts a law enforcement source who told the Tribune last week that the officer said he had gotten to the second-to-top step of the two-flat’s front porch when LeGrier came running out of the building, swinging a bat, before the officer opened fire. LeGrier also was killed.

Larry Rogers Jr., who is representing the Jones family, said the officer was about 20 feet away when he opened fire.

According to the lawsuit: “Bettie Ruth Jones faced a hail of bullets being fired by an on duty Chicago Police Department officer at and in the direction of her home … with bullets going through the doorway, and through walls of the home where (one of her daughters and others) were located and at risk of injury and death.”

Police have said the officer shot and killed LeGrier, an engineering student at Northern Illinois University, after he became combative. Police dispatch radio traffic indicated LeGrier was carrying a baseball bat and threatening his father when police were called.

Within hours of the shooting, police acknowledged in a statement that Jones was shot accidentally. Official details regarding on the shooting have been sparse, however.

Sam Adam Jr., another attorney representing the Jones family, said last week that several shell casings from a police weapon were recovered near the sidewalk at least 20 feet from the front door of the home.

The LeGrier family also has sued the city. That lawsuit states only that the officer was outside the two-story building when he fired, and that LeGrier was inside the building.

The Jones family’s lawsuit claims police confiscated video that includes portions of the officers’ response to the scene. Rogers said that includes surveillance footage taken by cameras at neighboring homes. Rogers said he made oral and written requests for the police report, video footage and 911 audio.

Read the rest of the article at the Chicago Tribune .

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