Chicago Police Chief: Cop Who Shot NIU Student Should Be Fired

Nov 7, 2018

Chicago's police superintendent is recommending the firing of an officer who three years ago fatally shot a teenager and his neighbor while responding to a disturbance call.

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On Wednesday, Superintendent Eddie Johnson filed charges with the city's Police Board that recommend Officer Robert Rialmo be fired for shooting 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones. In making his recommendation, Johnson alleges "multiple rule violations."

Since the December 2015, shooting, a jury awarded $1.05 million to LeGrier's family in a wrongful death lawsuit but a judge reversed it, noting that jurors also found that Rialmo feared for his life. But the City Council has also agreed to pay the Jones family $16 million.

The first hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 4.

(LeGrier was a student at Northern Illinois University)