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Crime & Courts

Chicago mayor, police superintendent to be questioned in 2015 shooting of NIU student

CHICAGO – A judge has ordered Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to sit for sworn depositions in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Northern Illinois University student fatally shot by a police officer in 2015.

Quintonio LeGrier, 19, was shot and killed by Chicago police officer Robert Rialmo while he and his partner were responding to 911 calls on Dec. 26, 2015, from LeGrier and his father at their home on Chicago’s West Side, in the 4700 block of West Erie Street.

LeGrier had become agitated, and Rialmo arrived to find LeGrier holding an aluminum bat outside the apartment of his downstairs neighbor, Bettie Jones, 55.

Rialmo fired eight rounds at ­LeGrier, hitting him multiple times and Jones once, according to analysis released by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

A police oversight office ruled in December the shooting was unjustified.

Johnson is scheduled to be deposed Thursday, while a date has not yet been set for Emanuel.

A report from the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, dated Dec. 22, 2017, addressed six allegations made against Rialmo: that he shot LeGrier without justification; failed to provide either LeGrier or Jones with medical attention; fired multiple times into a home where there were people who could be injured or killed; fired in the direction of Jones, resulting in her death; and failed to maintain his Taser certification.

The COPA report exonerated Rialmo for two allegations that he did not provide medical assistance because, it said, he had neither the equipment nor the training to do so.

The report came two weeks after the city of Chicago, briefly, sued LeGrier’s estate, alleging he was responsible for Jones’ death. The lawsuit was withdrawn less than 24 hours after it was reported.

LeGrier was home on winter break from NIU at the time of his death. Court records show he had been on probation at the time of the shooting, after a
May 2015 incident in which he punched a residence hall worker. He had other run-ins with NIU police, but acquaintances said at the time of his death, he was trying to change, and that he’d joined the Black Male Initiative program on campus.

Top NIU administrators attended LeGrier’s January 2016 funeral service at New Mount Pilgrim Church on Chicago’s West Side. A GoFundMe campaign raised $15,000 to pay for the funeral.

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