CHICAGO (CBS) — The family of a toddler killed by a hit-and-run driver fleeing a fatal shooting has announced a lawsuit against the city of Chicago, alleging police are to blame for the boy’s death.
Dillan Harris was sitting in a stroller as he and his mother waited at a bus stop near 63rd Street and Ellis Avenue on July 11, when 21-year-old Antoine Watkins allegedly jumped the curb while fleeing police, and ran over Dillan.
Watkins was arrested a short time later, after police saw him driving a car matching the description of the vehicle that killed Dillan.
Dillan’s mother, Shatrelle McComb, has sued 20 unnamed police officers, alleging they disregarded orders to halt a pursuit of Watkins, who allegedly was fleeing a fatal shooting in the 7700 block of South Kingston Avenue. That shooting left 22-year-old Melvin Carr – a rapper known as Capo – dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
Watkins also is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
“The only thing I have to say is my son was innocent, and he should not have died,” McComb said.