CHICAGO - Lawyers for officer Robert Rialmo say he will file a civil lawsuit against the estate of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier for emotional distress and assault. LeGrier's mother says she is shocked.
On December 26, 2015 Rialmo fatally shot LeGrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones, the neighbor who opened the door as he responded to a domestic disturbance call.
Police say the teen was armed with a bat and charged downstairs toward the officer.
That's when Rialmo opened fire, killing LeGrier. Bullets struck Jones on accident. LeGrier's family says he was mentally ill.
The deaths of LeGrier and LaQuan McDonald triggered controversy in the community, but something positive at city hall; specialized training for Chicago police and dispatchers.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to put more cops the streets who are certified in crisis intervention.
"It brings in 911, police, fire; everybody in a way of looking at the situation as a mental health illness rather than as a criminal incident," Emanuel said.
Though LeGrier's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming shooting the teen four times in the back was unjustifiable, the tables in this case have taken quite an unexpected turn.