Chicago City Hall

Council To Consider $16 Million Settlement In Bystander's Death

September 17, 2018 - 10:59 pm

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago City Council's Finance Committee has given the go-ahead for a $16 million payment to the family of woman who was killed when a police officer fired at a bat-wielding teenager.

Corporation Counsel Edward Siskel on Monday told the committee payment to the family of Bettie Jones made sense because a jury's decision against the city would cost more. He noted a jury would have "profound sympathy" for the Jones' family.

Officer Robert Rialmo in December 2015 fatally shot the 55-year-old Jones after being called to a domestic disturbance call. Rialmo said he fired at 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier because the teen swung at him with a baseball bat, accidently striking Jones.

A jury's decision finding in favor of LeGrier's family in a wrongful death lawsuit was reversed by a judge, who noted the jury also found Rialmo feared for his life.