Courts and confusion

Confused verdict from the civil suit against CPD Officer Rialmo

In a chaotic finish to a high-profile trial, a judge first announced that a jury had found that a Chicago police officer unjustifiably shot and killed a bat-wielding teen, then wiped away the verdict and the $1 million award to the teen’s family after noting that jurors had also found that the officer reasonably feared for his life when he fired

As the Tribune notes in that article, there was an earlier case with similar confusion:

The situation echoed at least one other case in Cook County over a shooting by Chicago police. In 2015, a jury found that an officer shot and killed a 19-year-old man without justification and awarded $3.5 million in damages. In that case, however, the jury also answered a special interrogatory and said the officer believed his life was in danger when he fired. The judge wiped away the verdict, but the Illinois Appellate Court overturned her decision and reinstated the award in February.

That earlier decision was reversed in February 2018, when the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the jury verdict.

 

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Professor, History and Law, University of Florida

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