Chicago police officer suing estate of teen he fatally shot. A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager’s estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized.
The unusual lawsuit was filed on Friday amid Chicago city leaders’ efforts to win back the public’s trust after several cases of alleged police misconduct. Officer Robert Rialmo’s lawsuit provides the officer’s first public account of how he says the shooting happened, on 26 December. It says Rialmo opened fire after the 19-year-old, Quintonio LeGrier, swung a bat at his head at close range.
Bettie Jones, 55, was killed accidentally in the incident, which occurred at around 4.25am as police responded to a domestic disturbance call. Police acknowledged in a statement issued at the time that Jones was accidentally hit by gunfire. LeGrier’s father, Antonio LeGrier, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, saying his son was not a threat to officers. “When is the mayor going to help us?”
Police Kills. The Counted is a special Guardian project to record all people killed by police in the United States this year.
We have gathered information from official databases and crowdsourced counts to create a full and detailed view of killings by law enforcement agents in the US. This page shows a map of all the incidents the Guardian has collated since January 1 2015, as well as other details about the manner of their deaths and the status of any investigations into the incidents. You can see the names and faces of those killed by police listed in full here, and read more about the methodology of the project here. We are actively searching for more information about many of these cases. If you have anything you can share with us, you can send us details by clicking here and filling in the form. Eric Garner and Tamir Rice among those missing from FBI record of police killings.
Killings by police that unleashed a new protest movement around the US in 2014, including those of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and John Crawford, are missing from the federal government’s official record of homicides by officers because most departments refuse to submit data.
Only 224 of 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the US reported a fatal shooting by their officers to the FBI last year, according to previously unpublished data obtained by the Guardian, which sheds new light on flaws in official systems for counting the use of deadly force by police. The Counted, an investigation by the Guardian to report all deaths caused by police in 2015, had already logged deadly shootings by officers from 224 different law enforcement agencies by 10 April this year. Crowd-sourced counts in 2014 recorded deaths at a similar higher rate. Stephen Fischer, a spokesman for the FBI, said exclusions were inevitable because the program remained voluntary. The Counted: are US police hiding behind 'suicide by cop' shootings? None of the shots that struck Tommy Smith outside his mother’s house among the stubbled grain fields of Arcola, Illinois, came from his own gun.
During his encounter with police on a chilly evening in early January, Smith, a 39-year-old hotel maintenance supervisor, never turned the AR-15 rifle against his own body. Yet the record books of Douglas County will state that Smith killed himself. Like in half a dozen other cases around the US so far this year identified by a Guardian investigation, authorities declared the case a “suicide by cop”, a contested and loosely defined classification of death that further complicates US law enforcement’s already fraught response to killings by police. County prosecutor Kevin Nolan explained in an email that he reached the decision in “the clear objective light” after reflecting on all the details of the shooting. He alleged that Smith had “expressed suicidal ideation” in the days prior and then pointed his rifle at police following a standoff.
Black Americans twice as likely as whites to face use of non-fatal police force, US study says. Black people are more than twice as likely as white people to have non-fatal force or the threat of it used against them during encounters with the police, according to a study by the US Department of Justice.
An analysis of tens of millions of face-to-face contacts between police and civilians over a decade found black people faced the use of force more often than white people in both street and traffic stops, despite being less likely to have encounters with officers overall. The report follows months of protests around the US over the treatment of African Americans by law enforcement. An ongoing Guardian investigation has found black people are being killed by police at twice the rate of white people, and that those black people killed were twice as likely to have been unarmed.
“Survey respondents defined what they considered to be the threat or use of force and whether it was excessive according to their perceptions of police behavior,” wrote the report’s authors.