FOX 32, January 16, 2017: Romanucci & Blandin Attorney, Antonio Romanucci Addresses what Victims of Police Misconduct can do Following the DOJ’s Scathing Report on the Chicago Police Department
Chicago personal injury and civil rights attorney, Antonio Romanucci spoke on-air at FOX 32 Chicago following the U.S. Department of Justice’s release of a 161-page report last week. The report’s findings detail a year-long probe into the highly contentious Chicago Police Department (CPD). Federal investigators determined what Romanucci has heard from clients for years – That the CPD has routinely violated the constitutional rights of citizens in numerous ways, such as using excessive force, permitting racially discriminatory conduct and shooting individuals who posed no immediate threats. As an experienced attorney in the field of police misconduct, Romanucci was able to discuss the legal implications of the Department of Justice’s findings and share what people can do if they have been mistreated by police.
Palm Beach Post, November 10, 2016: Mother wants answers after photo of police officer posing with her son’s dead body surfaces online
A mother is reeling after a disturbing photo surfaced online that appears to show a Missouri police officer smiling and giving a thumbs-up over the body of her dead son.
The man has been identified as 28-year-old Omar Rahman. Now his mother, Kim Staton, wants answers after KMOV in St. Louis, which acquired the photograph, showed it to her.
Huffington Post, November 7, 2016: Family Wants Answers After Photo Appears To Show Cop Posing Happily With Dead Body.
Kim Staton expected police officers to behave with dignity and respect when they were called to her son’s side in August.
Instead, a Missouri TV station obtained a photo that appears to show one of the responding officers flashing a smile and giving a thumbs-up sign to a forensic camera while posing with the lifeless body of 28-year-old Omar Rahman.
CBS News – Crimesider, November 7, 2016: Mom demands answers after cop seen posing with son’s body in photo.
A mother is demanding answers after a photo surfaced appearing to show an officer posing, and giving a thumbs up, while holding the arm of her dead son, reports CBS affiliate KMOV.
On Aug. 8, 2016, Kim Staton’s son, 28-year-old Omar Rahman, was found dead from an accidental drug overdose in a home in Pine Lawn, Missouri. The North County Police Cooperative responded and weeks later KMOV obtained a photo appearing to depict the scene of Rahman’s death.
KMOV – CBS News St. Louis, November 3, 2016: Police Misconduct Attorney Outraged over Hideous Photo of Deceased Man with Officer
Police misconduct attorney, Antonio Romanucci of Romanucci & Blandin, and a St. Louis mother are demanding answers after News 4 shared a photo that appears to show a police officer posing with the dead body of her son. The officer from the North County Police Cooperative is wearing gloves, holding onto the arm of the body and giving a thumbs up. Romanucci called the photo: “hideous.”
“I have seen thousands and thousands of forensic photographs, I have never seen a staged photograph of an officer next to a deceased body,” Romanucci added.
Trial – American Association for Justice, October 2016: Excessive Police Force Against the Emotionally Disturbed
For Trial Magazine’s October issue cover story, Antonio Romanucci authored the piece, “Excessive Police Force Against the Emotionally Disturbed”. The article highlights how millions of Americans suffer from mental illness, and their interactions with insufficiently trained police officers can be fatal.
WVON Radio, October 21, 2016: What have we learned on the second anniversary of the shooting and death of Laquan McDonald
Police misconduct attorney Antonio Romanucci joined host Perri Small on WVON-1690AM radio on the second anniversary of the shooting of Laquan McDonald to discuss why it is so important that we continue to discuss his tragic death and the implications around it.
WGN Radio, September 27, 2016: Should stop and frisk be used in Chicago to combat crime?
Lead attorney on the federal class action stop and frisk lawsuit, Antonio Romanucci talks to WGN Radio about how Donald J. Trump’s perspective on stop and frisk tactics are wrong. Before you stop and frisk someone you need reasonable articulable suspicion – plain and simple. Furthermore, Romanucci addresses how stop and frisk has decreased significantly in New York City and the murder rate has stayed the same or even dropped. Unarguable facts that affirm why stop and frisk is not the answer in Chicago for combatting crime.
FOX 32, August 5, 2016: Antonio Romanucci Discusses Paul O’Neal Police Shooting Video on FOX Chicago
Chicago police misconduct attorney, and national counsel for cases around the country, Antonio M. Romanucci of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC joined FOX Chicago to discuss the shooting of 18 year-old African-American male Paul O’Neal by Chicago Police Department officers. Romanucci brings light to the number of distinct errors made by the officers during the car chase and shortly thereafter, including having a gun drawn while still in the police vehicle.
CLTV, August 5, 2016: Police Misconduct Attorney Analyzes Deadly Chicago Police Shooting on CLTV
Antonio M. Romanucci, a Chicago based attorney specializing in police misconduct, appears on CLTV to analyze the fatal police shooting of Paul O’Neal. Three Chicago police officers have been relieved of their police powers after the police body cam videos showing the shooting death of O’Neal, an unarmed, African-American male were released. Romanucci points out the many errors made by the Chicago Police Department officers during the pursuit of O’Neal which are evident in the video footage.
ABC 7, July 31, 2016: Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney Discusses National Epidemic
Recent police involved shooting deaths have sparked outrage and protests across our nation. Chicago police misconduct attorney, and national counsel for cases around the country, Antonio M. Romanucci of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC joined ABC 7 to talk about police shootings and the national epidemic of violence facing the U.S.
CBS, June 30, 2016: Police misconduct attorney Antonio Romanucci asks why City of Chicago failed to turn over documents
Attorney Antonio Romanucci talks to CBS 2 investigator Dave Savini as to why a federal judge has threatened the City of Chicago with sanctions after learning that Chicago Police Department Officer Patrick Kelly was involved in yet another fatal on-duty shooting which lawyers suing Kelly for misconduct, including himself, were never made aware of. Read more here.
WHDT- World News, July 12, 2016: Antonio Romanucci Provides Insight on Chicago Police Shootings
Chicago-based police misconduct attorney Antonio Romanucci discusses the tragic, high-profile shootings of black men in Louisiana in Minnesota as well as police officers in Dallas – all of which took place in one week. Romanucci shares his thoughts on why this is a critically important time in our nation on WHDT – World News.
CLTV’s Politics Tonight, January 19, 2016: Antonio Romanucci Provides Insight on Chicago Police Shootings.
Chicago Sun-Times, December 12, 2015: Other questionable police shootings claimed lives, cost city millions.When City Hall finally released the dashcam video showing Laquan McDonald being shot to death by Officer Jason Van Dyke, it touched off a political tsunami.
Beyond the widespread public outrage, it has prompted a murder charge against the cop, the firing of police Supt. Garry McCarthy, a rare apology and promise of reform from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a wide-ranging Justice Department investigation. Read full story here
Law Journal, August 17, 2015: Plaintiffs Bar Goes After Police Brutality Cases. Police brutality litigation is becoming a hot practice area for plaintiffs lawyers, who are lured by big verdicts and settlements and by the increased availability of videos depicting confrontations with officers.. Read full story here
Chicago, IL, August 7, 2015: Romanucci & Blandin Commends Agreement and Continues Pursuit of Justice for Class Plaintiffs Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, recognizes the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the Chicago Police Department who announced today an agreement going into effect immediately regarding monitoring how officers go about conducting street stops of citizens in Chicago. In addition, the agreement names independent consultant U.S. Magistrate Arlander Keys, who will issue bi-annual reports on the department and recommend policy changes.. Read full story here
ArkLaTex, KTAL News, July 31, 2015: SPD faces lawsuit. Allegations of abuse by Shreveport police officers. A man sues the department, claiming four officers abused him so badly he had to be rushed to the hospital. This 42 page lawsuit names four SPD officers and accuses them of repeatedly punching the man and then sodomizing him with a nightstick..Watch the video and read the report here
KTBS TV, Shreveport, LA, July 30, 2015: Federal civil rights lawsuit alleges Shreveport police illegally arrested, sodomized suspect. Desmond Lewis was walking to a relative’s house June 12, 2014, after picking up the prescription medication he needed to treat his diagnosed mental illness. What happened next, his lawyers say, clearly violated his civil rights: an illegal arrest and a police beating so bad it required medical attention.. Read the full story here
Shreveport Times, July 31, 2015: Shreveport police officers slapped with lawsuit. A Houston man has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Shreveport and police officers alleging false arrest, excessive force, assault, negligent hiring, battery and false imprisonment.
Desmond Lewis claims the officers violated his rights guaranteed by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.
The lawsuit was filed July 10. According to court documents, Desmond Lewis claims he was leaving, on foot, a Walgreens on W. 70th Street on July 12, 2014, when he was allegedly unreasonably detained, assaulted and arrested by Shreveport police officers.. Read full article here
ABC 7 Chicago, July 31, 2015: Mother of toddler fatally struck during alleged chase sues Chicago police. The mother of Dillan Harris is suing 20 police officers, the City of Chicago and the man charged in her son’s death. The 13-month-old boy was in his stroller when he was struck and killed by a car fleeing from police.
“The only thing I have to say is my son was innocent. And he should not have died,” Shatrelle McComb said Thursday at a news conference to announce the lawsuit.. Read full story here
Atlanta Daily World, July 23, 2015: Mother of Slain Infant Files Civil Suit. Shatrelle McComb filed a civil suit against Watkins and the CPD alleging that willful and wanton conduct, negligence and infliction of emotional distress, which resulted in death of her infant son by the police department and Watkins, according to a press release.. Read full story here
CBS Chicago, July 23, 2015: Lawsuit: Police Ignored Orders To Halt Chase, Caused Toddler’s Death. Dillan Harris was sitting in a stroller as he and his mother waited at a bus stop near 63rd Street and Ellis Avenue on July 11, when 21-year-old Antoine Watkins allegedly jumped the curb while fleeing police, and ran over Dillan.. Read full story here
Chicagoist, July 23, 2015: Family Blames Police For Toddler’s Death In High-Speed Chase. The pursuit wound through 3.5 miles of residential South Side neighborhoods, and Romanucci called it a “police chase that never should have happened.” He questioned whether police would have continued a similar chase on the North Side. The lawsuit filed on behalf of McComb targets 20 unnamed police officers who allegedly disregarded superior’s orders, according to CBS Chicago. Watkins is also named in the suit.. Read full story here
Chicago Tribune, July 23, 2015: Mother sues city, police officers and driver in death of 13-month-old. “My son was innocent and he should not have died,” Shatrelle McComb told reporters before stepping out into the lobby and bursting into tears.. Read full story here
Cook County Record, July 23, 2015: Mother of Dillan Harris brings wrongful death action, alleges police should have cut short chase ending in son’s death. Shatrelle McComb, of Chicago, through her attorneys Martin D. Gould and Antonio M. Romanucci, of the firm of Romanucci & Blandin, of Chicago, filed the wrongful death complaint over the July 11 death in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday, July 23.. Read full story here
Houston Chronicle, July 23, 2015: Chicago police sued for high-speed chase that killed baby. Antonio Romanucci, attorney for Shatrell McComb, speaks at a news conference Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Chicago, where McComb said she is suing the city of Chicago. McComb’s 13-month-old son was struck and killed as he sat in his stroller at a bus stop during a high-speed police chase this month. Romanucci says he has direct evidence that the officers were told to stop sometime during the 3 1/2 mile, 20-minute chase on the South Side. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times Media via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, , CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT.. Read full story here
Law Firm Newswire, July 23, 2015: Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Shatrell McComb and Her Deceased 13-Month-Old Son Against City of Chicago, CPD Officers and Antoine Watkins. “The death of 13-month-old Dillan Harris is extremely tragic and one that unfortunately falls at the hands of not only the vehicle driver, Antoine Watkins, but the City of Chicago and its CPD Officers,” said McCombs’ attorney Antonio Romanucci, partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC. “There is absolutely no reason why on a sunny summer afternoon a police chase should have been taking place for nearly 30-minutes in a residential neighborhood where pedestrians and bystanders were present. Their negligence and conduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated..” Read full story here
NBC Chicago, July 23, 2015: Suit: Police Ignored Orders to Stop Chase That Led to Crash That Killed 13-Month-Old Boy. The mother of a 13-month-old boy who died when a car fleeing the scene of a fatal shooting slammed into his stroller is suing the Chicago police officers involved in the incident, alleging they ignored orders to stop a pursuit that ultimately ended her son’s life.. Read full story here
Police Magazine, July 23, 2015: Video: Chicago Police Sued Over High-Speed Pursuit. A total of 20 Chicago police officers are being sued over a chase that resulted in the death of a 13-month-old boy, reports WGN-TV.. Watch video here
Redeye Chicago, July 23, 2015: Mother sues city, police officers and driver in death of 13-month-old.
McComb was on her way to the beach with her three children two weeks ago when a man fleeing Chicago police after allegedly killing a rapper affiliated with Chief Keef fatally struck her youngest child as he sat in a stroller near a Woodlawn bus stop.. Read the full story here
Times Herald News, July 23, 2015: Chicago police sued for high-speed chase that killed baby. Antonio Romanucci, attorney for Shatrell McComb, speaks at a news conference Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Chicago, where McComb said she is suing the city of Chicago. McComb’s 13-month-old son was struck and killed as he sat in his stroller at a bus stop during a high-speed police chase this month. Romanucci says he has direct evidence that the officers were told to .. Read full story here
WGNtv, July 23, 2015: 20 Chicago officers sued over 13-month-old’s death in police chase.
Dillan Harris was in his stroller at 63rd and Ellis two weeks ago when police say shooting suspect Antoine Watkins tried to outrun several police cruisers, jumped a curb, and hit Dillan.. Read full story here
ABC Philadelphia, July 23, 2015: Mother of toddler fatally struck during alleged chase sues Chicago police.
Antoine Watkins, 21, is accused of driving the car that jumped the curb, ran over the toddler strapped in his stroller and dragged his body into a vacant lot in the 6300-block of South Ellis Avenue in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood on July 11.. Read full story here
RB Law Press Release, July 29, 2015: Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Alleges Shreveport Police Officers Beat and Abused Mental Health Patient.View the press release here
Law Firm Newswire, July 29, 2015: Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Alleges Shreveport Police Officers Beat and Abused Mental Health Patient.
Lewis was leaving a Walgreen’s Pharmacy, while officers were searching for a burglary suspect, described only as an African-American male, demanded Lewis approach their vehicle. The complaint says that Lewis became scared and ran from the officers who chased Lewis, forcefully “took down” Lewis, restrained, and handcuffed him. Alleging a conspiracy to violate Lewis’ civil rights, the complaint also states the officers knew Lewis was not the suspect for whom they were searching, but decided to arrest him for some pre-textual offense to justify their excessive and unlawful use of force in apprehending and restraining him.. Read full story here
RB Law Press Release, July 23, 2015: Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Shatrell McComb and Her Deceased 13-Month-Old Son Against City of Chicago, CPD Officers and Antoine Watkins.View the press release here
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 14, 2015: Cameras, cops and caregivers: Can technology ensure accountability? by Antonio Romanucci & Stephan Blandin. Read the article here
Chicago Tribune, September 2, 2015: Judge delays ruling on cameras at Chicago police commander’s trial. Cook County judge said Monday she will rule later this month on whether TV cameras and still photographers will be allowed to cover the upcoming trial of a Chicago police commander on charges he shoved a gun into a suspect’s throat and threatened to kill him.
Judge Diane Cannon, who has tentatively set Cmdr. Glenn Evans’ trial for Aug. 5, previously raised the possibility of allowing only audio coverage after Evans and about a dozen other possible witnesses objected to having their images broadcast.. Read full story here
Chicago Crusader, April 25, 2015: Suit filed to stop ‘Stop & Frisk’ policy By J. Coyden Palmer. “In four months in Chicago…there were a quarter of a million stop and frisks. We extrapolate that out to a year and that’s a million people a year,” said Romanucci, who added over 70 percent of those who were stopped were African Americans. “That means one out of three citizens in this city has a chance of getting stopped. Those statistics are appalling. This stop-and-frisk policy was born out of policing that was not correct. It’s unconstitutional; it’s illegal and it’s improper.”
Other cities around the country have filed similar suits with success. Romanucci said the policy must be in alignment with the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. He said the problem with over a quarter of a million stops is that it unfairly targets Blacks. Blacks make up about 33 percent of the total Chicago population.
“The police are catching bad guys by making indiscriminate, racially-motivated and targeted stops,” Romanucci said. “That’s how they think they can keep crime down. But, instead, it creates an unholy butterfly effect; one stop after another continuously creates such deep mistrust and hatred among the community towards the police that we see these uprisings that are taking place..” Read full story here
Dissent News Wire, April 23, 2015: Chicago Lawsuit Challenges ‘Unconstitutional’ Cop Stops. “This stop-and-frisk policy was borne out of policing that is not correct,” plaintiffs’ attorney Antonio Romanucci told the Associated Press. “It’s unconstitutional, it’s illegal, and it’s improper. Other cities across this country have brought similar lawsuits, and have had good results..” Read full story here
Defeating Immunity Defenses by Antonio Romanucci, December, 2014.
Immunity defenses invoked in police misconduct cases pose challenges for plaintiffs, but they can be overcome with the proper research and planning. Read the full article here
NY Mag, December 4, 2014: Yes, Body Cameras Are Probably Worth It by Jesse Singal
Less than a day after news broke that the NYPD would be moving up the start date of a pilot program to outfit its officers with cameras, a Staten Island grand jury announced it would not be indicting the officers who killed Eric Garner. This naturally led many to wonder aloud about the efficacy of body cameras. Garner’s death, after all, was recorded by a bystander, so why would body cameras have made a difference?
Based on both the limited research we have so far into how body cameras modify behavior and the theory underpinning their use, though, there are some solid, if preliminary, reasons to believe body cameras could prevent cases like this in the future. Read the full story here
Press Connects, December 2, 2014: Man shot by Vestal police sues for excessive force.
A Binghamton man convicted of injuring a Vestal police officer with his vehicle in 2011 has sued the department for excessive force related to officers shooting him during the encounter.
A man shot by Vestal police in 2011, now imprisoned for assaulting one of the officers, has filed a federal lawsuit claiming police used excessive force against him.
Wayne Hicks claims Vestal police used unreasonable and excessive force by shooting him on Oct. 31, 2011, while he was unarmed and behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz, according to the lawsuit. Officers had responded to a complaint of suspects trying to steal shoes from Famous Footwear on the Vestal Parkway. Read the full story here
CBS Chicago, October 23, 2014: Police Commander Accused Of Brutality Has Many Supporters. CBS –(CBS) – Chicago Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans left a brief court appearance Thursday, flanked by friends and supporters.
He seems to have a lot of them in the Park Manor neighborhood, in the South Side’s 3rd Police District. He used to be commander there.. Read the full story here
Chicago, IL, February 5, 2014: Settlement Reached in Shooting Death of Freddy Wilson by CPD 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.. Read full story here
CBS Chicago, September 29, 2014: 2 Investigators: Family Questions Investigation Into Near-Fatal Shooting With Cop’s Gun
CBS –A police officer’s gun puts a bullet in a friend’s head. The officer claims it was an attempted suicide and that his friend shot himself. The victim’s family says that’s not true.
2 Investigator Dave reports. Michael LaPorta, called “Mikey” by his family, is a gun-shot victim and needs 24-hour care. He has had nine surgeries and is paralyzed on the right side. Read the full story here.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 6, 2014: City resolves cop shooting case for $4.5M The city of Chicago has reached a $4.5 million settlement with the family of a man killed by police after being shot 18 times.
The settlement was approved by the city council on Wednesday and will be entered into Cook County Circuit Court today for approval by Circuit Judge Lorna E. Propes.. Read the full story here
Associated Press, September 10, 2014:
Police Official Accused of Threatening Man Sued
CHICAGO (AP) — A man whose accusation of brutality prompted the suspension of a Chicago Police Department commander has filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the official and the city of Chicago.
Rickey Williams contends former Glenn Evans used unreasonable and excessive force during a January 2013 arrest following and malicious prosecution. Read the full story here.
Chicago Tribune, September 10, 2014:
Chicago police commander sued for allegedly putting gun in man’s mouth
A lawyer for a man who alleges a Chicago police commander shoved a gun into his mouth ripped Superintendent Garry McCarthy for taking no action against the commander even after DNA evidence months ago appeared to corroborate the incident.
A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of Rickey Williams comes about two weeks after the commander, Glenn Evans, was criminally charged for allegedly putting the barrel of his service weapon “deep down” Williams’ throat, holding a Taser against his groin and threatening to kill him. Read the full story here.
Daily Herald, September 10, 2014:
Police official accused of threatening man sued
A man whose accusation of brutality prompted the suspension of a Chicago Police Department commander has filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the official and the city of Chicago.
Rickey Williams contends former Glenn Evans used unreasonable and excessive force during a January 2013 arrest following and malicious prosecution. Read the full story here.
RedEye Chicago, September 10, 2014: Chicago police commander sued for allegedly putting gun in man’s mouth. A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of Rickey Williams comes about two weeks after the commander, Glenn Evans, was criminally charged for allegedly putting the barrel of his service weapon “deep down” Williams’ throat, holding a Taser against his groin and threatening to kill him.. Read the full story here
Chicagoist, September 10, 2014: Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Police Officer Accused Of Misconduct.
Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Police Officer Accused Of Misconduct.
Chicago Sun-Times, September 9, 2014: Man sues police commander accused of sticking gun in his mouth.
A lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court against Chicago Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans, who prosecutors allege stuck his gun in a suspect’s mouth, held a Taser to his groin and threatened to kill him after a foot chase on the South Side in January 2013.
In August, Evans was relieved of his police powers and charged with official misconduct and aggravated battery in connection with the incident.. Read the full story here
The Business Journals, September 9, 2014:
Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Rickey Williams Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Dept. Commander Glenn Evans
CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Attorneys for private citizen, Rickey Williams, today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department (CPD) Commander Glenn Evans for the use of unreasonable and excessive force and malicious prosecution on the evening of Jan. 30, 2013. The claim also alleges breach of duty by the City of Chicago, noting that the City of Chicago knew or should have known about or prevented Evans’ use of excessive force…Read the full story here.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 3, 2014: Chicago attorney obtains $2.3M verdict in Florida death lawsuit. Romanucci said the officers needed clear evidence of physical resistance before subduing Salvato.
“The shooting was captured on the dash cam, however, the tasing was not,” Romanucci said… Read full article here
Chicago Lawyer, November, 2013: A Civic Mind. Romanucci: A rainmaker for community causes. While practicing law became a defined future for Romanucci in high school, his lifelong passion for helping others took shape during his first week of undergrad, when he agreed to help institutionalized schizophrenic patients re-enter society..Read full article here
News from State Representative Marty Moylan. Moylan Introduces Bill to Combat School Hazing. Read the Bill here
BloombergBusiness, June 19, 2013: In Colorado Town, Hazing Attack Leaves Victim an Outcast. At the state high-school wrestling tournament in Denver last year, three upperclassmen cornered a 13-year-old boy on an empty school bus, bound him with duct tape and sodomized him with a pencil.. Read full story here
ABC 7 News, May 14, 2013: Former Concordia baseball player, Anthony Collaro, and former coach, Spiro Lempesis, go public about sex acts. Anthony Collaro had talent and a dream: to one day pitch in the majors.
He says his coach at Concordia University, Spiro Lempesis, promised to talk him up to big league scouts.
But eventually that came with a condition: that Collaro perform a sex act, which his coach recorded over numerous occasions on a video camera in his office on campus.
“He would post a sign on the door saying video-taping for class in progress. Please don’t disturb,” said Collaro.. Read full story here
Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2013: Ex-Maine West coach charged in hazing scandal. Alvarez said the “most disturbing” incidents in the eight-count indictment against Michael Divincenzo involved older players pulling down younger players’ pants and poking the players’ buttocks area with their hands or other objects. The former coach was also accused of threatening younger players with hazing by varsity players.. Read full story here
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 30, 2012: Families Join Hazing Lawsuit Against Suburban District. Three families joined a lawsuit this week accusing a suburban school district of allowing hazing on sports teams that involved physical and sexual assaults.. Read full story here
Public Justice Righting Wrongs, 2012: Public Justice joins lawsuit as co-counsel against Maine West High School for hazing rituals. We have just joined an Illinois case involving a 14-year-old boy who, upon earning a spot on the Maine West High School boys’varsity soccer team, endured a heinous hazing ritual that involved him being tackled to the ground, held there, and beaten and repeatedly sodomized with fingers, sticks and other foreign objects. The team’s coaches were not only aware of the hazing; they allegedly ordered and watched it happen.. Read full story here
Chicago Lawyer, July, 2012: Antonio Romanucci, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, co-hosted a reception honoring Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti who was in Chicago for the NATO Summit. Chicago Lawyer used a photo in their July 2012 issue.
Trib Local, April 11, 2012: Park Ridge Resident Receives “Trial Lawyer Excellence Award”. Stephan D. Blandin, of Park Ridge, a founding principal and partner in the Chicago law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, received a “Trial Lawyer Excellence Award” from Law Bulletin Publishing Company for the highest reported verdict in an Illinois chiropractic malpractice case for the year 2011.. Read full story here
Illinois Appellate Court Ruling Means Hospitals Must Release Data about Incidents of MRSA Infections View the report here.
Fra Noi, 2011: Len Amari profiles leading personal injury attorney Antonio Romanucci in Fra Noi magazine.. Click here for full story
Antonio Romanucci co-hosts fundraiser hosted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. For the scoop, click here.
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