Family of man killed by Chicago police demand retrial

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CHICAGO -- The family of a man killed by Chicago police wants a new trial in a wrongful death lawsuit after at top city attorney admitted he failed to turn over crucial evidence before the first trial.

27-year-old Darius Pinex  was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Englewood in 2011.

When Chicago police officers pulled him over, he threw his car in reverse.  The officers fired at his car and hit Pinex in the head.

A loaded gun was found under Pinex's seat.

During trial, the officers said Pinex's Oldsmobile fit a description they heard over their radios of a vehicle wanted in a shooting.  It would later come out, that was not true.

One of the officers, Officer Gildardo Sierra, was involved in two other on-duty shootings within months of Pinex's death, in one case, mistaking a cellphone for a gun, shooting a man 16 times.

He was stripped of his police duties and an investigation was launched, but no charges have been filed.

Now Pinex's mother is asking for a new trial.

“I just want to move on with my life,” Gloria Pinex said.  “Me and my family want to move.  Indict the cops and fire the people who covered up my son's murder.”

There are also allegations one of the city's top attorneys failed to hand over evidence to the Pinex family before trial.

Chicago police have not yet returned WGN’s request for comment.


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