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Laquan McDonald Killing Commentary

Posted on: November 27th, 2015 by Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney

Chicagoans all over are debating whether the protests surrounding the release of the Laquan Mcdonald tapes are relevant and necessary.  The answer, unequivocally, is yes.  The real debate is whether the protests should be peaceful – but loud and clear – or not.  Again, the answer is that there should be loud, clear and meaningful protests, and not ones merely for the sake of protesting a hollow cause.

Because the City of Chicago and its administration was so successful in burying the videos until after the mayoral election and for a total of 13 months, the shock and contemporaneousness of the event itself and the release of the video was destroyed.  For example, Ferguson, Staten Island, Baltimore, Cleveland and South Carolina instances of police misconduct all had videos that were released within hours of the event or at latest days.  The public had an opportunity to see those events almost real time which is what made the protests louder, but also, unfortunately, in some instances more violent.  The effect of that, however, was of great significance.  Bad actors were immediately relieved of duties and terminated.  In some instances, chiefs of police were replaced which is what similarly should occur in our city.  Superintendent Garry McCarthy has no clue how to communicate with the community without insulting them.  Once again, while trying to explain away the horrific acts of Officer Van Dyck he characterized the life of seventeen year old as “tragic”.  Really?  Because a young life may have been troubled or not perfect yet, that somehow gives us a reason to minimize its value.  Tell that to the families of the nearly 500 people murdered in Chicago this year.

McCarthy has to go.  The City Council should give him a vote of no confidence and let him flap in the wind until we can all say his tenure as Superintendent was tragic.

Settlement Reached in Shooting Death of Freddy Wilson by CPD

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney

Attorney for Wilson family praises agreement, says family can now find closure
CHICAGO (February 5, 2014)–Antonio Romanucci, the attorney for family members of Freddy Latrice Wilson, today lauded a Chicago City Council vote to approve a $4.5 million settlement in the 2007 shooting death of Wilson by Chicago police officers.
Freddie Latrice Wilson was 34 years old when he was shot 18 times by three officers in November 2007 in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood on West Side. Wilson was a rapper who performed as “The Saint.”
Attorney Antonio M. Romanucci of the prominent Chicago personal injury law firm Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, represented the family in the lawsuit(s), and declared the anticipated settlements were a proper decision by the City Council.
“This decision represents a powerful acknowledgement, six years after Mr. Wilson’s death, that there were serious unanswered questions and problems in this event. The Council members have chosen to acknowledge wrongdoing and to compensate Freddie’s children and save them the trauma of a trial. Freddie was trying to turn his life around. He sang about the dangers of the streets. While his children will grow up without their father, they will receive some closure now and move forward.”
The City Council’s decision, Romanucci added, “represents a new era and a new approach to police misconduct. This settlement unquestionably puts the City ahead of a dark period in its history. We can all hope that this settlement will  raise CPD morale and make the city safer.”
For more information on the Freddy Wilson case, or to request an interview with Antonio Romanucci, please call Joanna at 312-307-0840.