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.
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.