Just about two and a half years ago, a 55 year old grandmother opened the door to let the Chicago Police into her residence. Little did she know that it would be the last time she would ever have the chance to welcome someone into her home.
Jones died the day after Christmas 2015, when a police officer opened fire on a neighbor of hers during a domestic disturbance call on the West Side. The neighbor, Quintonio LeGrier, 19, allegedly charged the officer with a baseball bat. She was just an innocent bystander cooperating with CPD, and for that her life was taken.
Yesterday (June 11), Betty Jones' family got a small piece of justice for their loved one being taken from them. It is being reported that the city of Chicago has tentatively agreed to pay $16 million to the family. Any settlement must be approved by the City Council’s Finance Committee and the full council.
The settlement with Jones’ family, if approved, staves off a wrongful-death trial that was set to get underway. It is the latest high-figure payout the city of Chicago is forking over in the wake of deadly police actions that have been questioned.
A lawsuit filed by LeGrier’s family is set to begin trial. That police-involved shooting is controversial, but LeGrier, unlike Jones, was allegedly acting in a threatening manner when the officer opened fire.
Robert Rialmo, the police officer who killed Jones and LeGrier, is on desk duty and faces potential firing.