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Man injured in car chase sues city

A man injured during a high speed police chase is suing the city and the cop who was driving the police vehicle during the pursuit.


David Martinez says that, while he was driving southbound on Western Avenue, the police vehicle operated by defendant police officer Dean Angelo was speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and ran a red light, colliding with Martinez's vehicle.


The complaint states that the defendants were negligent when they, among other things, "knowingly and with conscious disregard for the safety of others, initiated and continued a high speed vehicle chase or pursuit through residential and commercial streets in Chicago."


The complaint states, presumably in error, that the above took place on December 31, 2009.  One paragraph does state December 31, 2008.  The complaint also refers to the plaintiff on page 5 as Pedro V. Salgado.


Read the complaint after the jump.


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Paralyzed Man Alleges Abuse By Cops and False Charges

A paralyzed man claims two Chicago police officers pulled him out of his car and caused him to be falsely charged with criminal offenses.

According to the complaint, on June 6, 2008, plaintiff Kenneth Courtney was stopped by two Chicago police officers who pointed their firearms at him and ordered him out of the car.  The plaintiff is paralyzed from the waist down and could not comply with the order, the complaint states.

Plaintiff asserts that the police officers pulled him out of his car and searched his vehicle and later wrongly stated that he did not have a valid driver's license, stood up using his legs and posessed contraband.

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Riverdale Man's Estate Sues Town and Cop in Shooting Incident

The estate of a Riverdale man shot last week by police is now suing the town and police officer for wrongful death.

In the middle of the day on Thursday, August 20, 2009, according to the complaint, Brandon Harper was sitting in his car outside his mother's house in Riverdale when police officer Anthony Milton pulled up, drew his gun and shot Harper, who eventually died.

Harper is the father of a son, Brandon Harper Jr. and an unborn child, the complaint states.

To read the complaint, click here.

Man Sues Chicago Cop for Arrest while "breaking into" his own car

A Chicago man is suing the city for injuries he says he sustained when he was arrested for breaking into his own vehicle.

According to the complaint, on September 17, 2008, Robert Grinnell was locking his car door outside his home when a Chicago police officer accused him of breaking into the vehicle.  Grinnell alleges that his attempts to identify himself as the owner of the car were ignored and he was pushed to the ground by the police officer. 

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Chicago Man Sues Forest View Cop in Shooting

A Chicago man has filed suit against a Forest View police officer alleging that the officer used unnecessary force when he shot at the man.

Filed today in the Circuit Court of Cook County, the complaint relays the events of the early morning hours of June 26, 2008, when Plaintiff Donald Petrick was asked to leave 3rd Down Bar in Forest View. 

Petrick left but tried to regain entry through a back door by knocking on it with a metal crutch that he found in the trash in the alley. 

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