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Officer who shot, killed 19-year-old suing man’s family for emotional trauma

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CHICAGO, Ill. – A Chicago officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old man last year is now suing the man’s family.

Officer Robert Rialmo says 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier swung a bat at his head when he responded to a call for help.

At that point, he says he opened fire, shooting and killing LeGrier.

However, officials say that he also accidentally shot and killed LeGrier’s 55-year-old neighbor, Bettie Jones.

Attorney Joel Brodsky says Rialmo is seeking $50,000 for physical and emotional trauma, along with $10 million in punitive damages, saying if LeGrier hadn’t forced him to open fire, Jones would still be alive.

“This is an emotional and psychological trauma that Officer Rialmo is gonna have to carry with him for the rest of his life,” Brodsky told WBBM.

Brodsky also said that the lawsuit would not have been filed if LeGrier’s family hadn’t filed a lawsuit first.

The family’s lawyers told WGN that this new lawsuit is “a new low for the Chicago Police Department.”