Family of neighbor accidentally killed in Quintonio Legrier shooting settles with city

CHICAGO — More than two years after bystander Bettie Jones was accidentally shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, the city has reached a tentative settlement with her family.

The amount of the settlement has not yet been made public. It still needs to be approved by the Chicago city council finance committee and the full council.

The proposed settlement comes just days before the lawsuit was set to go to trial.

In December 2015, while responding to a domestic disturbance, Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo fatally shot Quintonio Legrier, who was holding a baseball bat, and his neighbor Bettie Jones, who was accidentally shot.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office declined to file charges.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA, recommended that Rialmo should be fired. Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson disagreed. And, in an unusual move, Rialmo is suing the city and Legrier's estate.

Eric Russell, a spokesman for Jones' family, said this was never about money. He said the family is still fighting for accountability.

“Despite what everyone may think, no amount of money in ever going their mom back,” he said. “This has been very painful for the family.”

The proposed settlement is only for the Jones case. Legrier's family also sued the city and that case is expected to go to trial next week.