The lawsuit, which was filed on the teenager’s behalf in U.S. District Court docket on Thursday, claims the officer chased the boy on an “inherently harmful” foot pursuit that was unjustified as a result of the boy was unarmed. In response to plenty of witness accounts, the boy had his arms up when he was shot.
The teenager was recognized within the lawsuit as a Black seventh grader with the initials A.G.
“A.G. is at present mendacity in a hospital mattress with a bullet nonetheless lodged in his physique after being shot within the again by an officer with the Chicago Police Division,” the lawsuit states. “A.G. and his household are ready to study whether or not he’ll ever be capable of stroll once more.”
The lawsuit names the Chicago police officer, whose id has not been launched, and the town of Chicago as defendants.
In a press release to ABC Information, the town’s legislation division stated it has but to be formally served the grievance.
“Upon receipt, the grievance will likely be reviewed,” Kristen Cabanban, a spokesperson for the legislation division, stated. “We can have no additional remark because the matter is now in litigation.”
The lawsuit claims that A.G. was shot by means of the again and suffered a spinal twine damage, a number of rib fractures and an esophageal damage, amongst different wounds.
“Whereas A.G. survived the capturing, he has been completely and catastrophically injured and stays hospitalized,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit alleges the officer used extreme pressure “in violation of the U.S. Structure” and that the Chicago Police Division continues to disproportionately use extreme and lethal pressure in opposition to Black individuals. It additionally claims that the town has did not implement a foot pursuit coverage as required by a federal consent decree on police reform efforts.
The court-ordered overhaul of CPD insurance policies adopted the 2014 deadly police capturing of Laquan McDonald and a Division of Justice investigation into the homicide. An impartial report launched final month discovered that the police division did not undertake a everlasting foot pursuit coverage by the consent decree’s September deadline.
“Tragically, the deep-seeded systemic issues that led to the entry of the Consent Decree — implicit bias and failures in coaching, supervision, and accountability — nonetheless exist immediately,” the lawsuit states. “A.G. is the newest sufferer of CPD’s systemic failures.”
The household is looking for damages for A.G.’s previous and future medical bills and is demanding a trial by jury.
The capturing is at present being investigated by the town’s Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability (COPA), an impartial company, which stated that no weapon was recovered from the scene. The officer concerned has been briefly positioned on routine administrative duties, the police division stated.
Chicago law enforcement officials have been making an attempt to cease a stolen automobile when the teenager bought out of the automobile and fled, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown stated throughout a press briefing final week. Authorities allege the teenager was concerned in two latest carjackings.
Brown stated on the time that he was restricted in what he may focus on in regards to the capturing.
“This investigation will reveal the information,” he stated, including that COPA has his division’s full assist.
In a press release, COPA stated it was “dedicated to a full and thorough investigation into the officer’s use of pressure to find out if their actions have been in accordance with Division coverage and coaching.”