The patch of a Chicago police officer’s uniform is seen in Chicago, Sept. 21, 2016.
A Chicago police disciplinary body has ruled that a city police officer fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man with a baseball bat the day after Christmas in 2015 was unfounded.
The officer’s attorney immediately destroyed, of the decision as a “political decision” that had nothing to do with the facts.”
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability statement was revealed by means of information obtained Thursday by the Chicago Tribune through an open public records request.
Officer Robert Rialmo claimed that he fatally shot Quintonio LeGrier when he responded to a domestic distrubance call at the West Side of Chicago, on Dec. 26, 2015.
The officer stated that LeGrier had swung the aluminum baseball bat at him from a few yards away, authorities said.
Rialmo also accidentally killed 55-year-old Bettie Jones, an innocent bystander, who was standing behind LeGrier, authorities said.
According to the Tribine, a research and forensic analysis led to the conclusion that LeGrier had not helped out with the bat on Rialmo and was farther away than the officer claimed.
But Rialmo’s lawyer, Joel Brodsky, disputed the ruling and said that the panel had focused too much on unimportant differences.
“I challenge anyone not to feel that their life was in danger in such a situation,” he said. “This is a political decision, not on the basis of the evidence. … This has nothing to do with facts.”
Rialmo the punishment must still be determined by the disciplinary bodies. Brodsky said that he was looking for a challenging all attempts to make a fire Rialmo.
Meanwhile, lawyers for the LeGrier and Jones families called the ruling.
“It’s what we’ve been saying since the beginning — this was an unjustified shooting of Bettie Jones, and now, COPA recognizes, even Quintonio LeGrier,” a lawyer for Jones’ family said.
Chicago police reportedly declined to comment on the Chicago Tribune on recommendations for Rialmo punishment, referring to the need for a full department review.