Lawsuit filed in East Hazel Crest fatal shooting

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

Police say Chicago detectives were conducting surveillance last week in East Hazel Crest, when they approached a man and woman getting into a vehicle in the 1900 block of West 171st Street.

Police say an officer shot the man, Ryan Rogers, 27, after Rogers allegedly accelerated toward the officer and hit his car.

Rogers was later pronounced dead at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Calumet City.

Attorneys for Rogers’ family say he did not know the people in the other car were police, and that the Police Department has not explained why Chicago detectives were in East Hazel Crest, or why they confronted Rogers.

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Attorney Gregory Kulis talks about a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Police Department over a shooting that killed Ryan Rogers in East Hazel Crest.

Attorney Gregory Kulis held a news conference Wednesday afternoon in East Hazel Crest to talk about the lawsuit. The victim’s mother and the mother of Rogers’ two children were also at the news conference but did not speak to the media. Kulis said that the family had just returned from the funeral home and was grieving.

“Right now, they’re just looking for answers, they’re looking for ‘whys,'” Kulis said.

Kulis also questioned why Chicago police were even in the southern suburbs in the first place.

“Yesterday morning, I noted on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times that the Superintendent of Police said he was going to have more Chicago police officers pounding the pavement in the streets of Chicago. I would like to know what those Chicago police officers were doing out here in East Hazel Crest as opposed to being in Chicago,” Kulis said.

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25 comments

  • Fed up

    Wow, shocking. A family wanting to sue the police again. Maybe they should have taught their son not to try and run over the police, and the police wouldn't have had to use their weapons on him.

  • Disgusted black man

    ONCE AGAIN BLAME THE POLICE IT WAS THE POLICE FAULT THAT HE WAS A CRIMINAL AND INVOLVED IN A STRING OF ROBBERIES AND HE WAS BEING SURVEILED FOR THAT.DONT BLAME HIM FOR TRYING TO RUN DOWN AND KILL THE OFFICER.IF HE WAS INNOCENT THEN WHY WAS HIS FIRST INSTINCT TO RUN DOWN AND TRY TO KILL AN OFFICER.YOU SEE THESE GUYS WANT TO BE A SO CALLED THUG AND GANGSTER BUT CAN'T HANDLE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS.THEN WHEN THE POLICE HAVE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM THESE PEOPLE THEN ALL THE BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS AND THE FAMILY OF THE LOSER WANT TO COME OUT AND SAY HE WAS INNOCENT AND HE WAS A VICTIM.THIS TYPE OF SHIT JUST MAKES ME SO SICK

      • degkwild100s

        Are you kidding me? You're judging me on grammer hahahh wow. I don't have to get on here and spell everything correctly for you to know what I was talking about. I have a journlism degree and I can relax my diction as I see fit and as far a productive citizen ship, you wouldn't even began to understand and more importantly I wouldn't waste any more time on it with you. So yeah KillYOdamnself you idiot.

    • degkwild100s

      No, Bill, they were in plain clothes and didn't say they were cops because they were, in fact, going to try an rob em.

      • Fed up

        So, these Chicago police officers drove to hazel crest, with the intention to rob this guy? Is that what you're saying?

      • degkwild100s

        Yes, that's what I'm saying. The guy was allegedly a dealer and they knew that he had money and felt like they were going to rob em that night. I have insider of that whole situation. After they shot and killed em they towed the truck away, only to bring it back in about 45 min and parked it in the same spot. Not what kinda investigation you heard of that would allow this behavior?

    • FED UP BLACK MAN

      IT DOESN'T MATTER THEY WERE SURVEILING THE OFFENDER AND INVESTIGATING HIM FOR GOING AROUND ROBBING AND STICKING UP RADIO SHACK STORES AND FENCEING THE MERCHANDISE.THEY WERE WORKING UNDER COVER TRYING TO CAPTURE AND CATCH HIM.YOU DON'T WEAR A UNIFORM NOR MARKED PATROL CAR WHILE UNDERCOVER.

      • John

        There are police protocols that need to be observed. Regardless of what type of operation they are conducting, the police cannot enforce their will just like the Gestapo and infringe the guaranteed rights of the people.
        You wouldn't want a band of plain clothes cops hovering around your home without getting informed why?
        This is alarming!

  • degkwild100s

    Nothing bothers me more than when people get on here without knowing anything other than what the police said. Police have a history of lying why would that change now. They were plain cloths cops trying to rob a suspected dealer and when they approached em they didn't say police because they were out of their jurisdiction. They took the truck for an hour with a tow truck and then brought it back. Why didn't they tell that in their police report? You white ppl are a joke how you all just take whatever the police say as gold and run with it. smh

  • wow

    Regardless of whether they are plain clothed, why was he trying to run anyone over? A normal reaction is not to gun your car unless you are trying to run from a situation, here the situation was detectives approaching him. Trying to cause serious injury to a police officer will always end up bad, hopefully others learn this lesson.

  • John

    I'm all for getting the thugs off our streets but there's something fishy in this police operation. Perhaps, there was miscommunication, lousy intelligence, and violation of police protocol here. There are conflicting stories about the police statement and the scene of the crime such as the suspect allegedly "drove towards the officers" and had to be shot. But the bullet holes were nowhere on the windshiled, instead at the driver's side window. More like, the suspect drove pass the officers and not towards them. Moreover, would driving pass an officer not in uniform merit getting shot at?
    I'm just wary that there will never be an impartial investigation to uncover the truth. Because of this, the police can get away with shooting any member of the citizenry with alibis such as "drove towards me".
    Again, I don't mind the police shooting the gangbangers but not the innocent taxpayers please!

    • Fed up black man

      READ MY COMMENT AND GO DO SOME RESEARCH JOHN.HE WAS NOT AN INNOCENT TAXPAYER BUT THE LEADER OF A VIOLENT GANG OF THUGS THAT WENT AROUND ROBBING AND HOLDING UP RADIO SHACK STORES .THATS WHY THE UNDERCOVER DETECTIVES WERE FOLLOWING AND TRYING TO APPREHEND HIM.AND AS FOR YOUR ARGUMENT ABOUT SHOTS TO THE FRONT WINSHIED OF THE CAR WHEN SOMEONE TRY'S TO RUN YOU DOWN WITH A CAR DO YOU JUST STAND THERE OR DO YOU GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY AND FIRE YOUR GUN AS THEY DRIVE PAST YOU.SO YOU WILL HAVE SHOTS FIRED TO THE SIDE WINDOW AS THE EVIDENCE WOULD SHOW.BUT WE ARE SO QUICK TO SECOND GUESS THE POLICE AND NOT THE CRIMINAL THAT'S WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS FUCKED UP SOCIETY YOU ALL STICK FOR THE CRIMINALS. AND MURDERES AND YOU BASH THE POLICENWHO ARE OUT HERE RISKING THEIR LIVES EVERDAY TRYIN TO PROTECT US AND GO HOME AT NITE TO THEIR FAMILIES.THINK ABOUT THAT THE NEXT ONE OF THESES PIECES OF SHIT ROBS YOU OR SHOOT YOU OR KILL YOU OR SOME ONE IN YOUR FAMILY DON'T CALL THE POLICE CALL THE FUCKING LOSERS WHO YOU ARE STICKING UP FOR

      • John

        I understand your point. I am not defending thugs out there. I'm just advocating proper police procedures. I fear rouge cops more than thugs because they have a badge, a gun, and legitimate autority. I know you understand my point

      • Fed up black man

        WOW JOHN I CAN'T BELEIVE U SAID THAT YES THERE ROGUE COPS BUT THOSE R A FEW NOT THE WHOLE THERE ARE 13,500 COPS ON CPD AND ROGUE COPS FALL WELL BELOW 1PERCENT BUT THE SAD AND SCARY THING YOU SAID YOU FEAR COPS MORE THAN THE MURDEROUS THUGS THAT TERRORIZE OUR COMMUNITIES WOW.WELL I TELL YOU WHAT NEXT TIME YOUR WIFE OR DAUGHTER IS RAPED OR ASSAULTED OR YOU ARE ROBBED BEATEN OR SHOT CALL A THUG INSTEAD OF A COP WOW.ITS A SHAME WHAT THIS SOCIETY HAS COME TO.

  • Fed up

    Exactly. So, lets say he didn't know these two were cops. Regardless, he was still trying to run somebody over. Last time I checked, trying to run somebody over was attempted murder, so the trash got what he deserved. On the bright side, that cops bullet saved the tax payers 38k a year to house this animal in a jail cell. on the downside, his two young kids will grow up without a father, because daddy was your typical piece of crap.

    • FED UP ASS BLACK MAN

      I AGREEE WITH YOU TOTALLY MY MAN IM FED UP TOO.ITS REFRESHING TO SEE MEN STANDING UP FOR WHAT'S RIGHT AND NOT FOR WHAT'S WRONG.THATS WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY AND THIS CITY THEY CODDLE AND STICK UP FOR THE CRIMINALS AND PERSECUTE THE HARD WORKING POLICE THAT ARE TRYING TO PROTECT AND DEFEND US.NO FUCKING BODY WANTS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FUCKED UP SHIT THEY DO.BLAME THE POLICE BLAME THE TEACHERS BLAME THE GOVERMENT BLAME GOD.HOW BOUT LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AND BLAME THEMSELVES AND THE IRRESPONSIBLE PARENTS THAT DON'T RAISE NOR TEACH THEIR CHILDREN.SHAME SHAME SHAME

  • confused

    Why only pictures of the front and left side of the vehicle? Why not the back? Yeah a gunshot to the driver's side window is questionable, but who says the police officer who shot was the one who was almost run over. What if the driver was trying to run over his partner and the officer shot him in order to save his partners life. Maybe he was afraid for his life because the man turned sideways to reach for something and the officer thought it was a gun? Leaning sideways would explain the shot to the back. And just to be clear, being a sperm donor doesn't make you a father. How much time did he spend being a father figure to his children if he was busy robbing people and places. Not saying it's right, but he couldn't be that innocent if they were investigating him. Also, why is the mother filing, he wasn't a child? She needs to stick her hand in the pot and get money. If you really cared about your son you would have raised him not to be a thug robber. It's funny how she wants to take credit now that there is money involved. And, how many girls was he with? A baby's momma, girlfriend, and "friend" in the car? Looks like he was too worried about robbing and ####ing than being a father

  • Ordinary Man

    Do not no much about the incident.I will say this I was beat by cops who were just bad cops. I was once pulled over in Chicago and all I did was to tap my horn when the light turned green. These police were just bad police.I had no history of violence,drugs nothing. Just a hard working stiff. I guess my point is if this guy who was shot was a slug, a killer and charged the cops w/ a car or whatever maybe I would have shot too. Mr. Kulis when I knew him was a stand up attorney and I feel he will find out the truth.
    What pisses me off is when someone is innocent and you have some people out there with poor judgement and some of them have police mentality.I have all the respect in the world for the police but my situation could of went bad real quick. I know that if this prick would of cracked me one more time I was capable of throwing him off a bridge which I was on.If a cop comes into your house,car without a warrant he is wrong.
    If I would of reacted to this nonsense i would of been dead, an innocent man. If this guy is guilty and tried to hurt someone well rest in piece. I just hope this was the police's only and last option. Tough job for both sides here.

    • confused

      I agree. And, I am sorry for the suffering you had to endure. There are bad cops and great cops. I have seen both. Unfortunately, since we are all human we are subject to error.

  • confused

    My only hope is that the truth comes out. It is a shame when any life is lost. If he was guilty the devil won and he collected another soul. But, if he was innocent he will have a pair of angel wings and join the Lord. God knows the truth and I pray it comes out. Everyone should receive the same respect from the law whether an officer, victim, or other.

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