Don't Touch the Gun
- A federal jury rejected an Austin beauty store owner’s claim that he was wrongfully shot by three Chicago police officers in March 2012 after he was robbed at gunpoint.
Jurors sided Thursday with Officers Miguel Torres, Rolando Ruiz and Thomas Petrenko on claims of excessive force, false arrest, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress, awarding no damages to store owner Bassil Abdelal. The officers’ lawyers said Abdelal pointed a shiny chrome handgun at the officers when they responded to the robbery. Abdelal denied it.
The federal civil trial had previously been set to begin in December 2015, weeks after a Cook County judge ordered release of video depicting the fatal shooting by police of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Fearing the officers would not get a fair trial amid the swirling controversy, city lawyers convinced U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer to delay the case until this month.
But in the end, it took jurors roughly four hours to vindicate the officers at the end of a four-day trial. Abdelal’s attorney, Justin London, refused to acknowledge a reporter as he left the courtroom.
This guy picked up the gun dropped during the robbery and exited his store as police arrived. A mistake on his part, but completely preventable. Good to see a decent case put together and won.
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