Judge affirms $44.7M verdict in Chicago police lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a $44.7 million verdict in favor of a man who was shot in the head by an off-duty Chicago police officer after the friends were out drinking.
Judge Harry Leinenweber says the award against the city last year was high but not “monstrously excessive.” Chicago also must pay more than $2.7 million in legal costs. City attorneys are pledging to appeal.
Michael LaPorta requires 24-hour care after being shot by Patrick Kelly in 2010. His lawyers argued that the city was responsible because the police department retained Kelly despite multiple allegations about his aggressive behavior before the shooting.
The city claimed LaPorta grabbed Kelly’s gun and shot himself in a suicide attempt. But LaPorta told jurors that he didn’t shoot himself.