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Jury Rules In Favor Of Chicago Police - Finds Shooting Of Michael Dunbar Was Justified - Rejects Family's Claim For $4 Million
A federal jury has ruled that a Chicago Police Officer was justified in shooting and killing Michael Dunbar when Dunbar drove his car while dragging the Officer, whose arm was trapped in the car window. Dunbar and a female passenger were in a car when approached by the Officer. Dunbar, who had a .12 blood alcohol level, drove the car onto the sidewalk hitting the Officer. The Officer ordered Dunbar to stop and reached into the car to try and take the keys but Dunbar grabbed the Officer's arm and then put the car in reverse and then forward, driving away with the Officer's arm hooked in the car window. With the car accelerating, the Officer shot Dunbar, killing him. The Officer suffered injuries, including a concussion, which required hospitalization. You can read more about the underlying incident HERE. At the civil trial, Dunbar's family claimed the Officer was not justified in shooting Dunbar and asked the jury to award the family $4,000,000. The jury rejected the plaintiff's claims and found in favor of the Chicago Police, who were represented by attorneys Josh Enquist and Jordan Marsh from the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's office. Dunbar's family was represented by attorney Russell Ainsworth from the firm of Loevy & Loevy.
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