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HS student says it was a Sony Play Station, not a gun

A high school student is suing the city, the board of education and several police officers after allegedly being shot for carrying a portable game believed to be a gun.

Darrius Wilson says that on January 22, 2008, he arrived at Wendell Phillips Academy High School and was carrying a Sony Play Station Portable in violation of school rules.  While he was subjected to the search that is required upon entering the school, police officer Parker detected the PSP in his jacket and yelled "Gun," the complaint states.

According to the complaint, the following then occurred:

- Wilson ran because he had been in trouble before for having a PSP at school and feared being disciplined.
- Officers Parker and Davis chased Wilson out of the building and down several blocks to the CTA where Wilson was purchasing a fare card.
- Wilson was shot three times: twice in his back and once in the side of his torso.
- Officer Davis patted Wilson down and found no gun on him or nearby.
- Officer Davis left the scene for ten minutes while one of the defendants planted a gun at the scene.

Read the complaint after the jump.

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jack said:

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It may not justify the shooting, but it appears that plaintiff knew that he shouldn't have been carrying the device into school. On the civil side, I wonder if a "reasonable mistake" defense would work.

borg said:

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@jack Did you not read this:

"Officer Davis left the scene for ten minutes while one of the defendants planted a gun at the scene."

They planted false evidence. The plaintiff didn't commit a crime, the police did.

borg said:

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@jack Did you not read this:

"Officer Davis left the scene for ten minutes while one of the defendants planted a gun at the scene."

The plaintiff didn't commit a crime, the police did.

borg said:

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@jack Did you not read this:

"Officer Davis left the scene for ten minutes while one of the defendants planted a gun at the scene."

The plaintiff didn't commit a crime, the police did.

borg said:

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@jack Did you not read this:

"Officer Davis left the scene for ten minutes while one of the defendants planted a gun at the scene."

The plaintiff didn't commit a crime, the police did.

jack said:

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Thanks for your redundancy, Borg.

I was referring to the Play Station.

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