Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo took the stand this week in the wrongful death trial of Quintonio LeGrier. If you haven't heard about it, you've been hiding under a rock.
Every major Chicago news outlet is covering the trial, reminding people of the 2015 fatal cop-involved shooting of LeGrier, running the story with his prom picture or playing basketball. Nice, innocent kid versus big, bad, evil police officer who deserves no mercy from the public, the court system or a higher power.
The Chicago media love that storyline. The problem is it isn't true. It's a fabrication. A media lie.
Now Rialmo is fighting back with a GoFundMe campaign.
Source: DeKalb Police Department, 2015
Quintonio LeGrier was not a good guy. He was a bad guy. He was a danger to himself and to others.
LeGrier was arrested by the DeKalb Police Department on January 15, 2015. He was arrested on March 1, 2015, and charged with resisting arrest, obstruction and attempting to disarm an officer. On March 2, 2015, he was again arrested for obstruction. LeGrier was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on May 6, 2015. On September 22, 2015, he was charged with disorderly conduct, assault, and resisting/obstructing an officer.
On December 26, 2015, Officer Rialmo, 27, a former Marine, who saw combat in Afganistan, was attacked while answering a domestic disturbance call in Austin, one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods. The attacker? Quintonio LeGrier, who was out on bond pending felony aggravated battery indictment.
Rialmo testified that LeGrier charged at him, swinging an aluminum bat. Fearing for his life, after ordering LeGrier to drop the bat, Rialmo drew and fired his weapon and killed LeGrier. Tragically, one of the bullets that hit LeGrier went through him and struck and accidentally killed Bettie Jones, 55, who was standing behind LeGrier.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson took heat for his determination that Rialmo was “justified” in the killing of Quintonio LeGrier. In late March, Johnson rejected the Civilian Office of Police Accountability’s recommendation for firing Rialmo, saying “Officer Rialmo’s actions were justified and within department policy” when he shot LeGrier.
Last December, Rahm ordered the City of Chicago to drop its plan to counter-sue LeGrier’s estate for Bettie Jones’ for the wrongful death of Bettie Jones, after the left-leaning Chicago Sun-Times attacked the plan in a cover story. Rahm even held a press conference and publicly apologized to LeGrier’s father, the father of the man who caused the death of Bettie Jones.
The counter-suit is telling; it means the City of Chicago’s Law Department faulted LeGrier – not Rialmo – for the death of Bettie Jones and now they are too afraid to say it publicly. They'd rather throw Rialmo to the wolves.
Rahm Emanuel is up for re-election in 2019 - which explains everything.
Although he is not facing criminal charges in the shootings, Rialmo has been reassigned to desk duty. If the full Police Board rules against him, he will lose his $84,000 annual salary and his career as a police officer will end.
Rialmo is also battling misdemeanor charges after two drunks stole his coat and threatened him in a neighborhood pizza restaurant - not a bar as the Chicago media reported. The charges were filed three weeks after the State’s Attorney determined there was no case.
To counter Mayor Emanuel, save his job, and clear his good name, Rialmo was forced to launch a GoFundMe campaign. His campaign has raised nearly $16,000 with a goal of $50,000 – the amount needed to pay his legal bills, investigator fees, and court fees.
This is not the story you are hearing in the media.
Even if Rialmo is cleared, the media want to make sure he doesn't work, doesn't have a livelihood, can't show his face in public, and put Rialmo and his family in danger.
By Chicago media standards, Rialmo has committed the ultimate media sin: He's a Chicago cop who defended himself in the line of duty. Unlike Commander Paul Bauer who never drew his weapon and was murdered, Rialmo defended himself and deserves to be punished. What other way is there to process this?
If you believe in law and order and if you believe a police officer has the right to defend himself from a deadly attack, support Officer Rialmo and visit his GoFundMe page now.