Dorothy Brown admits frustration in the Quintonio LeGrier verdict and reaffirms commitment to make police training a priority when elected
The jury verdict and subsequent judgement by Judge Rena Marie Van Tine in the trial of Officer Robert Rialmo for the fatal shooting of Quintonio LeGrier has left all involved confused and with a sense that justice has not been adequately served. After deciding in favor of Quintonio’s parents and awarding them $1.05 million in damages, Judge Van Tine then overrode the decision based on a special interrogatory signed by the jury.
This is a difficult decision on all sides, and certainly my sympathies go out to Quintonio LeGrier’s family, who are dealing with this additional blow after losing their son three years ago. It is certain, that while we do not want to second guess the jury and their intentions, this case is far from settled and is likely headed to appeal.
Another element added to the confusion around the LeGrier verdict, Officer Rialmo’s counter-suit against LeGrier’s estate, blaming him for the shooting. The alleged issue of Quintonio’s actions, notwithstanding, this is an unfortunate precedent being set. And of course, the slaying of Mrs. Bettie Jones, the innocent bystander who was shot by the officer just compounds the tragedy.
What the case does make clear is the great need for proper training for CPD officers, in use of force, as well as ‘implicit bias,” which certainly appears to be a factor in the double tragedy in the killing of Quintonio and Mrs. Jones. While it appears that the current Police Superintendent is committed to making reforms, we are painfully aware of the complaints of how police officers interact with black and brown people as well as those with disabilities, young people, women and LGBTQI These complaints run counter to the charge of CPD to serve and protect.
I am committed to ensuring that all CPD officers get the training they need to best serve all the citizens of Chicago. We must work to overhaul the systemic issues plaguing the police force that stifle them from serving all residents equitably. A world class city deserves a world class policing operation that is supported by all its citizens.
Statement attributable to Dorothy Brown, candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago
June 29, 2018
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