Police Superintendent Signs Off On Cop's Firing

Steve Miller
November 07, 2018 - 4:50 pm
Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo

Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo (attorney Joel Brodsky/GoFundMe)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Police Department is officially moving to fire the officer who shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones almost three years ago, but a CPD spokesman said the superintendent still thinks the officer was justified in the shooting.

The police department lays out five rules it says Officer Robert Rialmo violated in December 2015 when he shot and killed Jones, a bystander. 

The recommendation, signed by Supt. Eddie Johnson, is that Rialmo be fired.

A police spokesman said Johnson's signature is pro forma, or part of the process required now that Rialmo's actions will be scrutinized by the Chicago Police Board next month.

Johnson still believes Rialmo's actions were justified, the spokesman said. Rialmo says he opened fire during a domestic-disturbance call when LeGrier, 19, came at him with a baseball bat; Jones, a bystander, also was fatally shot.

Joel Brodsky, Robert Rialmo's attorney, said he understands the process.

"It's the start of the process that we have to go through to get this all over with so Bob can get back to doing what he wants to do, which is being an officer,” the attorney said.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has found Rialmo's actions unjustified.