CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson reportedly concluded Officer Robert Rialmo was justified when he fatally shot 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, and accidentally shot and killed 55-year-old Bettie Jones in 2015, read more: https://cbsloc.al/2uAVuAP
Report: CPD Supt. Rejects COPA Findings, Backs Officer In Double Fatal Shooting
Although the prosecutor opted not to charge Rialmo, there are multiple cases in which police departments fired cops who were cleared of criminal wrongdoing when they killed Black people.
The Cleveland Police Department, for example, fired Officer Timothy Loehmann, who gunned down 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014. His dismissal came after a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges. The department cited a false statement on Loehmann’s employment application as the reason for firing him.
In another case, the St. Anthony Police Department in Minnesota axed Officer Jeronimo Yanez after a jury acquitted him of second-degree manslaughter for the killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in 2016. The department concluded that the “public will be best served” if he was no longer on the police force.