Chicago – The Chicago Police Board on Thursday voted to fire agent Robert Rialmo from the body, who was involved in the death of two people in 2015 during a domestic incident.
Police Rialmo shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and accidentally also killed LeGrier's neighbor, Bettie Jones, 55, who opened the door to let police into the house where he had reported a violent fact.
The incident occurred on December 26, 2015 on the west side of the city, one month after authorities were forced to spread the video of Lacquan McDonald's death at the hands of policeman Jason Van Dyke, who is currently serving seven years in a federal prison in New York.RELATED
The night of the events Antonio LeGrier, Quintonio's father, had asked Jones to open the door to the police, as the young man tried to enter his room with a bat in his hand.
When the police arrived, the tenant Jones opened the door and moments later the young LeGrier ran down to the ground floor of the house, where, according to Rialmo, he attacked him with the baseball bat.
The agent said he was forced to step back from the front of the house and shoot LeGrier, who died from police fire.
Jones, who was behind the door, was accidentally impacted and died.
Although it was later accepted that Rialmo had justification for shooting LeGrier, he was questioned a lot about Jones's death, which opened a strong debate in the city about the excessive use of force.
At a hearing on the incident, Superintendent Eddie Johnson accused Rialmo of preventing the Chicago Police Department from complying with his policy and goals and of dishonoring him, of disobeying an order, not attending duty, of incompetence and inefficiency in complying with its obligations and illegal and improper use of a weapon.
Subsequently, the LeGrier family was awarded compensation of one million dollars, but a judge revoked it when it was said that Rialmo was justified to act as he did.
Jones's family members were awarded compensation of $ 16 million.
Following the incident of Jason Van Dyke and Laquan McDonald and of this case of Rialmo and LeGrier and Jones, public pressure forced the city to release the videos of police incidents with civilians within sixty days of each case.
Cops are now also forced to carry cameras in their uniforms to document their work.
The city is divided over this incident. While some believe that Rialmo is a victim, others say he is part of a patron in the city where minorities are the constant victims of excessive use of force.