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2017
The Washington Post, November 15, 2017:
Jury finds Chicago police officer shot friend in head, orders city to pay $44.7 million for leaving officer on the street.

Most large police departments have “early intervention” systems designed to detect troubled young officers; they either retrain them or release them. Chicago has one, but the 19 citizen complaints Officer Patrick Kelly racked up in his first six years on the streets did not result in any action against him.


Chicago Sun-Times, November 10, 2017:
Wrongful death suit filed against CPD officer who shot father of two.

Two weeks after a jury awarded a record $44.7 million in the case of an off-duty Chicago Police officer who shot his buddy in the head, lawyers have filed a lawsuit involving the same officer in another shooting — this one fatal.


The Associated Press via The Seattle Times, November 10, 2017:
Chicago office sued by family of man he fatally shot.

Hector Hernandez’s family alleges in a wrongful death lawsuit filed Friday that 36-year-old Patrick Kelly shot Hernandez 13 times without provocation in April 2014. The suit also names another officer and the city of Chicago as defendants.


FOX 32 Chicago, November 10, 2017:
Wrongful death suit filed against CPD officer who shot father of two.

Officer Patrick Kelly had a long history of citizen complaints against him and should have been stripped of his police powers l0ng before the night he and another officer shot Hector Hernandez 13 times on April 7, 2014 at Hernandez’s girlfriend’s South Side home, lawyers for Hernandez’s family said Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.


WBBM News Radio – Chicago, November 10, 2017:
Family of Man Killed By Cop with Long History of Complaints Sues City.

Attorney Tony Romanucci said Kelly has a long list of complaints at the Police Department, and has been arrested twice and sued several times during his career.


Chicago Tribune, November 2, 2017: Letter:
Yes, lawsuits are expensive — but so is police misconduct.

Kelly had amassed at least 17 complaints before he shot LaPorta, landing him in the top 2 percent to 5 percent of Chicago Police Department offenders, and the jury in this case considered mounds of evidence that Kelly was consistently violent during his career as a cop and was never disciplined or lost a day of compensation — at taxpayer expense.


ABC7 Chicago, October 27, 2017:
Man ‘awestruck’ by $44.7 million verdict in police shooting; Chicago to appeal.

Michael LaPorta was awarded $44.7 million after a jury determined a Chicago police officer shot him in the head after a night of heavy drinking.


The Chicago Sun-Times, October 27, 2017:
After $44.7M verdict, city still in denial over bad cops, lawyer says.

“They want to stick their head in the sand until it happens again. And then it’s going to happen again,” said attorney Tony Romanucci, standing beside his client, Michael D. LaPorta, who remains in a wheelchair following the Jan. 12, 2010, shooting.


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 27, 2017:
City vows to fight $44.7M verdict in shooting.

The attorneys of a man who was disabled for life after a Chicago police officer shot him in the head said they welcome the city’s challenge to try to take away the record-breaking $44.7 million verdict they won in federal court Thursday.Speaking at a news conference held at his firm’s 321 N. Clark St. office, Antonio M. Romanucci of Romanucci & Blandin LLC rattled off all the ways the city of Chicago tried to …


Univision, October 27, 2017:
Chicago pagará 44.7 millones a un hombre que recibió un tiro en la cabeza de un oficial fuera de servicio.

La cifra establece un nuevo récord por una demanda por mala conducta contra un policía de Chicago. La cantidad más alta que había pagado el ayuntamiento era de 25 millones de dólares, que un jurado otorgó a un hombre por convicción errónea en el 2012.


ABC7 Chicago, October 27, 2017:
City of Chicago on hook for $44.7 million in police shooting of friend.

Kelly, 36, who’s police career has been marred by numerous complaints, domestic violence accusations, alcohol addiction and questions of mental fitness, took the Fifth during the civil trial.


CHICAGO (FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2017) — Romanucci & Blandin, LLC announced today that the City of Chicago has been found liable in the civil rights case brought by their client, Michael LaPorta.

The jury impaneled before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber issued its verdict, finding Chicago Police Officer Patrick Kelly responsible for shooting LaPorta and the City responsible for failing to investigate its officers and having no early warning system, thus perpetuating this officer’s reckless behavior. Kelly was found to be within the top 2-5% of Chicago police officers with the largest number of citizen complaints.
LaPorta has been awarded $44.7 million in damages that will serve to cover his extensive medical costs. This is the largest verdict ever returned in a police misconduct lawsuit involving the city of Chicago and in the state of Illinois.


The Associated Press via WGN, October 26, 2017:
Jury finds cop shot his friend in the head after drinking, orders Chicago to pay $44.7M. 

CHICAGO — Jurors in a lawsuit against the city of Chicago have concluded that a police officer shot his friend in the head after a night of heavy drinking in 2010 and awarded the victim $44.7 million.


The Chicago Sun-Times, October 26, 2017:
Jury rules Chicago cop fired disabling bullet, sends $44.7M message.

Now, a federal jury has finally answered that question, finding Thursday that Kelly shot LaPorta on Jan. 12, 2010, while off-duty in his home after a night of drinking.


Chicago Tribune, October 24, 2017:
Jury to begin deliberating unusual shooting at Chicago cop’s house.

The 10-member jury listened to closing arguments in federal court Tuesday after a nearly four-week civil trial that repeatedly hit upon the police accountability issues that have dogged the city for decades.


Chicago Sun-Times, October 17, 2017:
Officer Patrick Kelly, retired Det. Reynaldo Guevara take the Fifth.

“On advice of counsel, I exercise my constitutional right to remain silent, per the Fifth Amendment,” Officer Patrick Kelly said 31 times at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse.


Chicago Sun-Times, October 17, 2017: EDITORIAL:
The dismaying sight of two cops on one day taking the Fifth.

In one of the two cases Tuesday, retired Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara was called to the stand as a witness in a proceeding in which two men claim the retired detective coerced them into confessing falsely to a double murder. Guevara, who has been accused of railroading numerous suspects, mostly Latino men, declined to testify or repeatedly said, “I don’t recall.”


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.
Daily Herald, November 13, 2017:
Despite subpoena, key video erased in beating at Metra station.

D’Nardo Mack was sitting on a bench at Millennium Station in Chicago the night of Jan. 15, 2015, when an argument started with then-officer David Robertson, who ordered him to leave if he didn’t have a ticket.


Univision, November 10, 2017:
La familia de un hispano muerto a manos de un conflictivo policía de Chicago demanda a la ciudad.

CHICAGO, Illinois. La familia de Héctor Hernández presentó este viernes una demanda civil contra la ciudad de Chicago y dos policías por la muerte del joven de 21 años de edad. Uno de los oficiales implicados en el caso es el agente Patrick Kelly, quien hace dos semanas protagonizó una demanda millonaria por mala conducta.


CBS Chicago, November 10, 2017:
Chicago Cop Faces Another Lawsuit. 

Chicago police officer Patrick Kelly is once again at the center of a wrongful shooting case. CBS 2’s Dave Savini has the details.


ABC 7 Chicago, November 10, 2017:
Wrongful death lawsuit filed against CPD officer with history of complaints.

Lawyers blamed the code of silence for keeping Kelly on the streets. They said police officers are covering up for him and so are city lawyers.


Chicago Tribune, November 10, 2017:
Family of man shot by troubled Chicago police officer files lawsuit.

Hector Hernandez’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court Friday, alleging that Kelly and another officer shot him without provocation in April 2014. The man, who had a young son and a daughter on the way, was shot 13 times, including eight bullets in the back and buttocks, the suit states.


Chicago Tribune, October 30, 2017: Letter:
Chicago taxpayers should foot the bill for police officers’ mistakes.

However, doesn’t the course of events since the shooting over seven years ago illustrate LaPorta’s attorney’s theory? The officer, Patrick Kelly, was not fired. He didn’t lose his police powers in spite of a “checkered disciplinary record.” He was never charged with a crime for shooting LaPorta. Apparently, Kelly was correct in assuming police officer immunity.


WGN-TV Chicago, October 27, 2017:
Family of man shot by Chicago cop talks after he’s awarded $44.7M.

A jury sided with Michael LaPorta and his family, ordering Officer Patrick Kelly to pay $44.7 million to a man shot by an off duty police officer.


Chicago Tribune, October 27, 2017:
Chicago cop shot friend, jury finds, ordering city to pay $44.7 million: ‘I feel whole again’.

The 10-member jury deliberated for two days before reaching its decision, bringing an end to the nearly four-week civil trial that repeatedly hit upon the police accountability issues that have dogged the city for decades.


NBC5 Chicago, October 27, 2017:
‘It’s Finally Over’: Jury Awards Man Shot in Head With Chicago Cop’s Gun $44.7M.

“The message was clear,” attorney Anthony Romanucci said. “Treat all people equally, investigate all allegations of misconduct fairly and transparency and stop trying to kid the citizens of Chicago that police know how to police their own better than how they police citizens.”


CBS Chicago, October 27, 2017:
City Expected To Challenge $44.7M Verdict In Rogue Cop Case.
A jury on Thursday held the city responsible for the gunshot wound to the head that severely injured Michael LaPorta in 2010. LaPorta was at the home of his then-friend Patrick Kelly, who called 9-1-1 to report LaPorta tried to commit suicide.


Chicago Tribune, October 27, 2017:
After historic verdict, LaPorta family has ‘hope’ for first time in years.

A day earlier, a federal jury awarded Michael LaPorta $44.7 million for the catastrophic injuries from a gunshot wound that jurors determined was caused by his childhood friend Chicago police Officer Patrick Kelly. In awarding the recording-breaking verdict, the jury found that the city of Chicago should pay the amount because its troubled Police Department had enabled Kelly’s violent behavior.


The Daily Herald, October 26, 2017:
Jury awards $44.7 million to man shot in head by Chicago cop.

Now, a federal jury has finally answered that question, finding Thursday that Kelly shot LaPorta on Jan. 12, 2010, while off-duty in his home after a night of drinking.


CBS Chicago, October 26, 2017:
Jury Awards $44.7 Million To Man Shot At Chicago Cop’s House.

Michael D. LaPorta was shot in the head with a bullet from Officer Patrick Kelly’s service weapon on Jan. 12, 2010. The two had been close friends, and the shooting happened in Kelly’s home after the two men had gone out drinking with Kelly’s co-workers.


Chicago Sun-Times, October 24, 2017:
Jurors to soon consider case of man mysteriously shot in cop’s home.

Michael D. LaPorta was shot in the head with a bullet from Officer Patrick Kelly’s service weapon on Jan. 12, 2010. The two had been close friends, and the shooting occurred in Kelly’s home after the pair had gone out drinking with Kelly’s co-workers.


Associated Press, October 18, 2017:
Police officer refused to testify in lawsuit over shooting.

A lawyer representing the city insists LaPorta’s family “cannot prove that Kelly shot LaPorta.” Meanwhile, Chicago police is taking a second look at the incident. Kelly remains on the force but has been assigned to administrative duties.


CBS Chicago, October 17, 2017:
Cop Takes The Fifth During Civil Trial.

After he left court, a stand-in read from Kelly’s old deposition. In that statement, he said LaPorta shot himself and he saw LaPorta put the gun to his head. Kelly said he heard a click, a misfire, then tried to stop him.


Chicago Tribune, October 17, 2017:
Chicago cop pleads the Fifth at trial involving mysterious shooting at his home.

Veteran patrolman Patrick Kelly declined to answer more than a dozen questions about the shooting and his checkered police record before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber dismissed him from the witness stand in the civil case.


2016
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.


Chicago Sun-Times, November 10, 2017:
Wrongful death suit filed against CPD officer who shot father of two.

Two weeks after a jury awarded a record $44.7 million in the case of an off-duty Chicago Police officer who shot his buddy in the head, lawyers have filed a lawsuit involving the same officer in another shooting — this one fatal.


Washington Post, November 8, 2016:
Mother blasts photo of officer smiling, giving thumbs-up next to her son’s dead body.

The photograph, published last week by a television station, immediately drew a firestorm of criticisms on social media.
“As a momma, this breaks my heart. I cannot imagine seeing this from the people that are PAID to protect and serve,” one Facebook user wrote.


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 – St. Louis, November 3, 2016:
Questions arise after photo of deceased man with officer surfaces.

A St. Louis mother is demanding answers after News 4 showed her a photo that appears to depict the scene of her son’s death.
Her attorney calls the photo: “hideous.”

For months, Investigative Reporter Lauren Trager has been digging into serious questions raised by the picture, questions about an officer’s conduct and the handling of evidence.

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.

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.

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.

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.
KMOV – St. Louis, November 10, 2016:
North Co. Co-op police comment on photo of deceased man with officer.
Days after News 4 told you about a photo depicting a North County Cooperative police officer and a dead body, the department is providing comment about the officer’s conduct. For the first time, the Chief Tim Swope is detailing an on-the-record explanation for the officer’s actions, although investigations into the matter are not yet complete.


Univision, November 10, 2017:
La familia de un hispano muerto a manos de un conflictivo policía de Chicago demanda a la ciudad.

CHICAGO, Illinois. La familia de Héctor Hernández presentó este viernes una demanda civil contra la ciudad de Chicago y dos policías por la muerte del joven de 21 años de edad. Uno de los oficiales implicados en el caso es el agente Patrick Kelly, quien hace dos semanas protagonizó una demanda millonaria por mala conducta.


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.

Vibe, November 6, 2016:
Photo Surfaces of St. Louis Cop Giving a Thumbs Up Next To Dead Man’s Body.

The mother in St. Louis man is demanding answers after a photo surfaced of a police officer posing for a photo with her son’s dead body.

In the image, obtained by St. Louis station KMOV, the North St. Louis officer is seen smiling while giving the thumbs up sign next to the corpse of 28-year-old Omar Rahman.


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.

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.

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.

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. 

CLTV’s Politics Tonight, January 19, 2016: Antonio Romanucci Provides Insight on Chicago Police Shootings.
2015
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. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

RB Law Press Release, July 29, 2015:
Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Alleges Shreveport Police Officers Beat and Abused Mental Health Patient. 

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.

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 14, 2015:
Cameras, cops and caregivers: Can technology ensure accountability? by Antonio Romanucci & Stephan Blandin. 

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..”

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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..”
2014
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. 


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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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…
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.

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.

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.

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.


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. 


Chicagoist, September 10, 2014:
Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Police Officer Accused Of Misconduct.

A man who accused a high-ranking Chicago Police officer with shoving a gun down his throat filed a lawsuit against the officer. Lawyers for Rickey Williams filed the lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against Lt. Glenn Evans, who had his police powers revoked and was charged with misconduct and battery last month by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

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…
2013
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.


Bloomberg Business, 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.

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.

News from State Representative Marty Moylan. Moylan Introduces Bill to Combat School Hazing.

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
2012
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.


Open Letter from Ralph Nader, July, 2012:

The open letter attached, from Ralph Nader, was read at the American Association of Justice annual convention in July, 2012. It is a very accurate description of trial lawyers and what we do. I hope you will take the time to read it.

– Antonio Romanucci

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.

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.

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.
2011
Illinois Appellate Court Ruling Means Hospitals Must Release Data about Incidents of MRSA Infections 

View the report here

Stephan Blandin participates in the Illinois State Bar Association’s Law and Leadership Institute, which provides young students from diverse backgrounds a view of life as a lawyer (Chicago Tribune, 7-13-2011)


Antonio Romanucci Speaks Out: Ban Metal Bats (Chicago Tribune, 1-17-2011)

Fra Noi, 2011: Len Amari profiles leading personal injury attorney Antonio Romanucci in Fra Noi magazine.

Antonio Romanucci is featured in American Bar Association’s Journal in story entitled “Lawyers Giving Back.”

Antonio Romanucci to Become President of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (Fra Noi, January 2011)

Antonio Romanucci co-hosts fundraiser hosted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Antonio Romanucci was Featured in a Story about Romanucci & Blandin in the Italian-Language Business Magazine Tendenze.

2010
Sean Burke and Daniel O’Brien Join Romanucci & Blandin as Of Counsel (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 12-6-2010)


Crash, Death Leave Questions – Mother’s Grief Turns to Fight for Justice in Daughter’s Death (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9-3-10)


Romanucci & Blandin Files Lawsuit Against Jesse White Tumbling Team (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 7-21-2010)


Romanucci & Blandin Launches Adopt-a-Veteran Program for Chicago’s Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse (Fra Noi, May 2010)


Stephan Blandin Appointed to Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Hearing Board (IllinoisLawyerNow.com, 3-23-2010)

Richard F. Pellegrino Joins Romanucci & Blandin as Counsel


Antonio Romanucci Among Hosts of March 9 Breakfast Fundraiser for Illinois Representative Bill Foster

Antonio Romanucci To Be Sworn in as President of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (Chicago Sun-Times, 12-7-2010)

Non-Ticketed Driver in Fatal Kenosha County Crash is Sheriff’s Cousin (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9-3-10)

Antonio Romanucci Letter to the Editor, Banning Aluminum Baseball Bats in Youth Leagues (Chicago Lawyer, July 2010)


Chicago lawyer’s ‘clubhouse’ helps brain-injured veterans (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 3-30-2010)


Sommario Elected Treasurer of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association,Pellegrino Joins Romanucci & Blandin (Fra Noi, April 2010)


Romanucci & Blandin Helps Support Fundraiser for Disabled Vets


Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Reaches $1 million Settlement in Medical Negligence Lawsuit

Girl, 15, Killed in Kenosha County Accident (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9-18-2010)

Suit Raises Questions in Fatal Crash – District Attorney’s Office to Take Another Look at Case (Kenosha News, 9-3-10)

Teen Struck on Roadway Dies (Kenosha News, 6-18-10)



Romanucci & Blandin assists veterans program (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 3-22-2010)


Veterans With Brain Injuries Join Fight to Save Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse (Chicago Tribune, 3-18-2010)


Antonio Romanucci is Spearheading Fundraising Effort for Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse to Benefit Veterans


2009
Antonio Romanucci and Stephan Blandin Featured in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, Consumer Edition, 2009


Antonio Romanucci Discusses Caps on Medical Negligence Cases in Illinois
Antonio Romanucci radio interview on tort reform.


Attorneys to Establish Pro Bono Volunteer Legal Clinic at Rainbow PUSH


Norwood to Receive National Humanitarian Award

Romanucci & Blandin Community Relations Advisor Julie Papievis Featured on CBN TV)

Antonio Romanucci Discusses Caps on Medical Negligence Cases in Illinois
Antonio Romanucci radio interview on tort reform.

Chicago Lawyer magazine, December 2009

Check out page 4, “Having a Partner,” where Antonio and Stephan talk about the challenges and rewards of running a small law practice.

Romanucci & Blandin settles wrongful death lawsuit for $1,385,000


AAJ Launches Ad Campaign

Antonio Romanucci Talks on Ringler Radio about Brain Injuries Stemming from the Use of Aluminum Bats in Baseball Games 

Antonio Romanucci online interview on aluminum bats.

Romanucci & Blandin Settles Negligent Care Lawsuit For $22.3 Million

Let law students act as role models: lawyer


2008
December 1, 2008 – Stephan Blandin was featured as a resource in a full-fledged news investigation on NBC 5 in Chicago. Click on the arrow below to view the complete news story.

Read full article here
November 24, 2008 – Crain’s Chicago Business featured Antonio Romanucci in its popular “Info Junkie” column.
March 13, 2008 – Antonio Romanucci Moderates Panel at Chicago Law Bulletin Seminar
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