FOP To Attorneys: Fight COPA Ruling On Shooting...
Chicago, IL, January 1, 2018– The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has advised its attorneys to explore legal action against the City in response to a decision by Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), a civilian oversight agency, that a fatal 2015 police shooting was unjustified.
Calling the ruling arbitrary, baseless, and politically motivated, the FOP rejected the claim by COPA that an officer was not justified in fatally shooting bat-wielding assailant Quintonio LeGrier when the officer and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance in December 2015.
In response, the FOP has advised its attorneys to explore all legal challenges to the ruling, which, the FOP claims, undermines officers’ abilities to do their jobs and further diminishes the ability of officers to protect the public.
Bettie Jones, a bystander, was accidentally and tragically killed in the incident.
The FOP rejected COPA’s claim that a “reasonable officer” would not conclude the shooting was justified. On the contrary, the ruling has generated heated condemnation from patrolmen and detectives, both active and retired. It also contradicts the Use of Force model, the FOP stated.
The Lodge has called on Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to join them in condemning the ruling.