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.

Credit flickr user Tex Texin ""Crime Scene Do Not Cross" tape" (CC BY 2.0)

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)