In the last decade, The City of Chicago has paid out more than $500 million in lawsuits over allegations of police misconduct. And they are about to add $16 million more to the Jones family.
Bettie Jones was an innocent bystander when she was shot in December 2015 by a Chicago police officer responding to a domestic violence disturbance filed by her neighbor. The 55-year-old opened her door to the Chicago police officer and was fatally shot as she retreated back into her apartment. The officer, Robert Rialmo is not facing criminal charges as the State Attorney’s Office deemed that there was insufficient evidence to prove without a reasonable doubt that the officer wasn’t acting in self-defense in regards to Bettie.
The neighbor Quintonio LeGrier, 19, was also fatally shot by the officer. Police state that LeGrier was holding a baseball bat and volatile when police arrived at his door.
The City of Chicago is also preparing for a criminal trial against the police officers who fatally shot the seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald, whose death sparked weeks of protests within the city. He was shot 16 times in 2014 when he appeared to be avoiding police. The officers in question are facing charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and misconduct based on their effort to conceal the shooting. The officer who fired the shots will also be facing charges of 1st-degree murder.
Chicago’s crime rate is above the United States average. In 2016, Chicago was responsible for almost half of the homicides that occurred within the United States. But it’s not just the residence in Chicago that are violent – if The City of Chicago’s wallet is any indication – so are their police department. And as recent as an article in 2017 the reason for this violence is undetermined.