Family of man killed by police files suit

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Chicago Police Department over a shooting that killed a south suburban man.

Tuesday night of last week, Chicago police detectives were doing surveillance work on the 1900 block of West 171st street in south suburban East Hazel Crest.  According to Chicago Police News Affairs, the officers approached a man and a woman who had just gotten into their vehicle.  Police say that vehicle then sped towards the police hitting an unmarked car. Police say one of the officers opened fire because he feared for his life. The driver, 27-year-old Ryan Rogers was hit and killed.

Rogers family members filed a lawsuit citing three unnamed Chicago police officers as defendants.  They are seeking more than a million dollars in damages.  The family’s attorney says they are wondering why Chicago police officers were working in East Hazel Crest.

Rogers’ family members provided WGN News with photos of the vehicle involved in the incident.  There are no dents or scratches that show the SUV had hit an unmarked police car.  The family also wants to know why there are no bullet holes in the front windshield.  The photos show the left side window shot out.

Rogers had two children, a 4-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl.

Because this was a police-involved shooting, the Independent Police Review Authority is handling the investigation.

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