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CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson backs officer in LeGrier shooting

Liz Nagy,

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is defending a police officer who shot and killed two people.

In a letter dated March 22, Johnson said he disagrees with a recommendation to fire Officer Robert Rialmo, the police officer who fatally shot 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and his downstairs neighbor, Bettie Jones, 55, on the day after Christmas 2015.

“It was an exoneration of Rialmo, finding that the shooting was justified,” said Rialmo’s attorney Joel Brodsky.

Rialmo was one of the officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call at LeGrier’s father’s West Side home. The officer said that he shot LeGrier when the teen, who reportedly suffered from mental illness, came down the stairs swinging a baseball bat at him.


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