The Chicago Sun Times reports that the father of a Chicago man who was repeatedly tasered and later died has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the city. The victim was arrested on December 12 after police responded to the scene of a domestic disturbance in the 12800 block of South Morgan Street in Chicago. Police claim that the victim struggled with officers while in custody. The next day, police claim that the victim again fought with officers while they transported him to court and were forced to taser him. He was then taken to Roseland Community hospital for treatment for his taser-related injuries when he again became physically aggressive, prompting yet another tasing for the victim. The victim died at the hospital that same day, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was inconclusive and is pending further investigation.
His father is now seeking justice for his son’s death. The man’s father claimed that his son was suffering a meltdown and needed medical attention for physical and mental health issues, but that police refused to take him to the hospital until they tasered him excessively, causing his death. The victim’s father also claims that the officers are participating in a cover-up regarding the victim’s death. He accuses the police of telling the victim’s relatives that the victim was okay and in the Calumet district lockup when in fact he has already been injured and taken to the hospital. The two-count suit claims civil rights violations and intentional infliction of emotional distress against the city.
While we rely upon the police to keep us safe and free from harm, sometimes those very people act negligently and should be held accountable for their actions. Our lawyers have experience successfully representing victims of negligence of the City of Chicago and understand that all perpetrators of negligence must be held accountable for their actions, not just private citizens.
For example, we achieved a $10 million settlement against the City of Chicago when a fire truck ran over a 5-year-old boy, resulting in the loss of his leg and half of his pelvis. Additionally, our wrongful death attorneys have over two decades of experience representing the families of victims and have recovered millions in wrongful death verdicts and settlements. In fact, John Perconti obtained a $4.7 million dollar settlement, the highest wrongful death settlement every recorded in Kane County, for the family of a 32-year-olf woman who was killed in an auto accident. These outstanding results have earned us the reputation as one of the leading wrongful death law firms in Illinois. If you believe that a loved one has suffered a wrongful death, contact us to set up a free consultation to discuss your potential case.