During the early morning hours after Christmas, Quintonio LeGrier called Chicago Police three times to ask for assistance to no avail – he was even hung up on once. When his father called from the same address requesting assistance, an officer was sent to investigate.
LeGrier was then shot six times –including in the back– along with a neighbor, Bettie Jones, who opened her front door to see what was happening. The officer responsible, named Robert Rialmo, is now suing the LeGrier family for emotional distress.
You read that right. The police officer that shot two people is filing a civil suit against the family of one of the victims, according to Jezebel.
According to Rialmo’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, “[LeGrier] came after my client with a baseball bat trying to kill him. As a result of that, an innocent person was killed, and my client is very broken up about that.”
“You took my best friend and my only son, and you say you gonna sue?” said Janet Cooksey, LeGrier’s mother, while speaking to Fox 32 about the civil suit. “I had a promising honor student who always talked about all the great things he was going to do and he talks about his stress? Where does the disrespect stop?”
This could be a defense ploy on behalf of the officer or CPD, as a whole, but it adds to the growing negative reputation the department has gained in recent months. An officer is filing suit for not only having to do the job that he was trained to do but for killing two people in the process.
It’s bad enough that lives aren’t being valued and that police practices desperately need to be improved. But the fact that an officer will add to a family’s grief like this is a new low.