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Yes, this 27 year old former US Marine demonstrated his very proficient self-defense skills.
Rialmo also showed restraint by only firing six rounds from a gun which has 16 bullets
Yep, LeGrier was barely cold before his family filed the lawsuit.
"Something that bothers Officer Rialmo and myself about the way this is going is the family filed the lawsuit before the funeral," Brodsky said.
"It seems like people believe now that if you have a family member killed by a police officer it's the functional equivalent of winning the lottery...
A wrongful death suit filed by LeGrier's father, Antonio, argues that the teen "never had possession or control of a weapon" and was not a threat to Rialmo or anyone else at any point.
Rialmo was standing outside when he opened fire on LeGrier, who was inside the building, the lawsuit said. Antonio LeGrier is also suing for wrongful arrest after police made him leave his dying son in order to file a statement about the incident.
Here we are again dealing with Death By Cop for a mentally ill victim. This young man had called 911 several times, on his on accord, for help. But his plea was ignored. And apparently none of this information was relayed to Officer Rialmo. His lawyer indicated that his client may have acted differently if he had known that LeGrier was mentally ill.
LeGrier, an engineering student who was struggling with mental health problems, had called 911 for help several times earlier that evening but the dispatcher did not send an officer to the house until his father called.
I wonder why the office didn't try to use a stun gun. Maybe he wasn't armed with one, I don't know. There's still not a lot of information being released yet by the City.
I can't help wondering how differently could that Police Officer have acted because the guy he shot was wielding a baseball bat and was only, according to the article 2 ft away from him.
The Police Officer's attorney made the statement: "it's the functional equivalent of winning the lottery." I would think that decorum alone would have them wait until he was in the ground before filing the lawsuit. But, I'd say that some "ambulance chaser" lawyer was on the scene before the Coroner even arrived.
What is really, I suspect at the bottom of this case is that the family filed against the police even before the funeral took place, which some may see as their magic carpet for compensation high living for a while.
According to this article the victim called 911 himself 3 times, but no Police Officers or Paramedics were ever dispatched. Apparently the dispatcher hung up on him when he wouldn't tell her his name. From the news articles, there's no indication that his father, when he finally called 911, told the operator that his son was mentally ill.
Didn't the family have any responsibility to warn the Police the man had mental difficulties
I wouldn't call it an excuse, there's really no excuse for such violent behavior. However, I think sighting mental health issues as a reason for the behavior is valid.
and where do you draw the line of using mental health problems as an excuse to threaten people with a baseball bat?
I believe that he should have been institutionalized until his condition was brought under control. In fact that may have been the reason he was calling 911 himself to begin with. His family, if they cared and understood his condition, should have been monitoring him. Sometimes people who are mentally ill won't take their meds as they are supposed to. Or the condition can worsen for other reasons. In any event they should have been aware of how to spot escalation of any violent tendencies, and taken appropriate preemptive actions.
If the kid was dangerous to himself and especially others then shouldn't he have been in an institution and not wandering around?
So, it's possible that he and his parents may have had difficulties in finding appropriate mental health treatment for him.
The city also plans to find ways to improve access to mental health services. Emanuel has been criticized for closing six mental health clinics in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods.