Family Of Woman Killed By Elgin Police Files Suit

Steve Miller
June 06, 2018 - 7:41 am
Elgin Police Involved Shooting

This screen grab of police body-cam video shows officers moments before they opened fire on motorist Decynthia Clements. (Elgin Police)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Three months after an Elgin Police officer shot and killed 34-year-old DeCynthia Clements, Clements' family is expected to file a lawsuit this morning against the city of Elgin and the officer.

A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed by the family, and their attorney Antonio Romanucci said that on the night of the standoff with Clements, Elgin Police planned to use non-deadly force. Clements was allegedly armed with a knife the night she was killed. 

"They knew that they wanted to use a low level of force when DeCynthia got out of the car," he said. "And that was the plan all along. And all of the officers were on that plan except for one..."

That officer has been on paid administrative leave as state police investigate the fatal shooting.

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Romanucci said the lawsuit asks for damages.

"They are very distraught," he said. "They are still very upset by this. They clearly see this is a needless loss of a loved one's life. And they intend to go forward with this lawsuit as far as they can."

A spokeswoman for the city of Elgin said city officials have not seen the lawsuit and that the city is cooperating with investigators.

"The city understands and respects the Clements family’s need for answers and asks for patience while the state police completes its investigation and the Cook County state’s attorney conducts its review," spokeswoman Molly Center said in a statement.

Illinois State Police are still investigating the fatal shooting.