The biased Chicago media owe Officer Robert Rialmo and his family an apology.
Rialmo has finally been vindicated. If it weren’t for the support he has received on his GoFundMe page, Rialmo wouldn’t have been able to fight back. He still needs to fight back.
Yesterday, a judge found Rialmo not guilty in a politically-motivated misdemeanor battery case involving two drunks who tried to steal his coat at a neighborhood pizzeria. The Cook County State’s Attorney initially refused to file charges. That changed after the Civilian Office of Police Accountability got involved.
Last month a Cook County court ruled in favor of Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo in the 2015 shooting of Quintonio LeGrier. Judge Van Tine reversed a jury’s decision to award $1 million dollars to the parents of LeGrier for wrongful death because the jury found that Rialmo was justified in his use of force in the shooting. As a result, the court could not award any damages.
Unfortunately, the nightmare still isn’t over for Rialmo and his family.
The Chicago Police Board could still rule against Rialmo and fire him from his job as a Chicago Police Officer and the legal bills are mounting.
Despite all of this, the Chicago media continue to portray Rialmo in a negative light. The message: Rialmo is a cop and therefore he is “the bad guy.” For most people, this popular media narrative doesn’t work. We see through it. Why would a Marine who saw combat in Afghanistan be the “bad guy?”
Rialmo isn’t the bad guy. He’s the good guy.
Justice hasn't been done until the truth is out and Rialmo can clear his good name. Since December 2015, Officer Rialmo has been the victim of a media witch hunt.
The anti-police media intentionally left out key facts from their stories, like these:
- On December 26, 2015, LeGrier’s father, Antonio, called 911 after his son tried to break into his room – which was barricaded with a 2X4 – with an aluminum bat. Antonio LeGrier testified in court that he was afraid of his son and feared for his life. LeGrier attacked Rialmo with that same bat.
- The Chicago media have vilified Rialmo at every turn, posting smiling photos of LeGrier at his prom or playing basketball - but none of his mug shots.
- LeGrier's violent record of arrest is extensive but the media never released LeGrier's criminal record to the public. They never made mention of it.
- 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.
- LeGrier was out on bond pending felony aggravated battery indictment when he attacked Rialmo.
- Chicago Police chief Eddie Johnson said Rialmo was justified in using deadly force. The media attacked him too.
- LeGrier was a victim of an abusive home life.
- According to a petition filed by the Cook County State’s Attorneys Office, Janet Cooksey, LeGrier’s mom, threatened to kill LeGrier when he was five years old. She was alleged to have physically abused LeGrier by whipping him with a belt, holding a flame to his skin, and beating him severely enough to cause welts, bruises, and scars.
- The Cook County State’s Attorney filed a Petition for Adjudication of Wardship and alleged the “Minor [LeGrier] reports that natural mother [Cooksey] touches his penis and states he does not like it. Natural mother admits to touching this minor’s penis.”
- LeGrier, then 5 years-old, was hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital for seventeen days based on reports by Cooksey that LeGrier had been sexually abused by his father and was, as a result, acting in a sexually aggressive manner with men and boys, specifically for oral sex.” The hospital deemed the sexual abuse allegations against LeGrier’s father and Cooksey's statements that the boy was "sexually aggressive" to be “unfounded.”
- LeGrier became a ward of the State of Illinois in 2002.
- His parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming $1 million in damages but LeGrier didn’t live with his parents – he lived in foster care for 12 years.
In 2015, Officer Robert Rialmo acted in fear of his life or great bodily harm when he was forced to shoot LeGrier.
But don’t let the media narrative fool you: It wasn't a gunshot that really killed Quintonio LeGrier.
He died a long time ago in an abusive home and a broken family.
To support Officer Rialmo and his family, visit his GoFundMe page and make a donation today.