The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office announced that no criminal charges would be brought against Officer Robert Rialmo, despite the face he killed two people, one of them by accident. The Chicago police officer fatally shot a 19 year old Quintonio LeGrier and 55 year old Bettie Jones — mistakenly — while she stood Next to LeGrier.
The announcement comes more than a year after Officer Robert Rialmo opened fire on LeGrier, whom he claimed was swinging a baseball bat at him.
Prosecutors said there was no basis for a criminal charge, according a press release issued Friday said. That’s because they couldn’t rule out Rialmo acted in self-defense, despite killing at least one unarmed civilian.
“The Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney has reviewed the investigation surrounding the shooting deaths of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones on December 26, 2015, by Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo,” the release states.
“The Office reviewed the evidence collected during the investigation to determine whether there was a basis for filing criminal charges. After thorough review, the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Rialmo did not act in self-defense in shooting LeGrier and Jones.”
Rialmo has since sued the Chicago Police department after being taken off the street, has also countersued LeGrier’s estate .
Rialmo claims police dispatchers did not make him aware that LeGrier might have been in the throes of a mental-health crisis when Rialmo and his partner were sent to the building. He also said the department didn’t provide him with adequate training or equipment to deal with mentally ill suspects.