Superintendent Johnson Not Concerned With Testifying In The Quintonio LeGrier Case

Craig Dellimore
March 08, 2018 - 1:28 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he’s not concerned about the court deposition a judge has ordered him to give in the case of a 19-year-old man killed by Chicago Police.

A Cook County Judge said Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent Eddie Johnson must testify in connection with a lawsuit brought by the family of Quintonio LeGrier, shot and killed by police in 2015. The family is suing the city and police officer Robert Rialmo, who also fatally shot a 55-year-old neighbor Betty Jones.

The Superintendent said he understands lawyers want to question him. Johnson said he’s given depositions and testimony before on many cases and this is not a major concern.

"You know, deposition, I've been a cop for 30 years. I've testified in federal courts, local courts, municipals. That's not a big deal to me," he said. "I can understand that the attorneys want to quiz me on things and that's fine."

The city’s police oversight agency found that the police officer was unjustified in the shooting.

Mayor Emanuel has also been ordered to give a deposition. Lawyers want to talk with him, among other things, about the behavior of city attorneys in this lawsuit.