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Chicago decides against suing estate of teen shot by police

December 15, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago attorneys who had said they wanted to sue the estate of a teen fatally shot by a police officer in 2015 have changed their minds.

They announced the change of heart on Friday — a day after the Chicago Tribune reported the city’s intention to sue Quintonio LeGreier’s estate.

City law department spokesman Bill McCaffrey declined to explain the reversal but the Tribune reported that the article about the planned lawsuit sparked a display of public outrage on social media.

The proposed lawsuit hinged on the contention that Officer Robert Rialmo only opened fire, killing LeGrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones, after LeGrier hit him with a baseball bat.

The LeGrier and Jones families have sued the police department. Rialmo also sued the department, alleging he was improperly trained.

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