CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago police officer in the fatal shootings of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones is telling his own side of the story.
At least through his attorney, Joel Brodsky.
Brodsky filed a counterclaim against LeGrier’s estate detailing that night from officer Robert Rialmo’s perspective.
In an interview with CBS 2’s Suzanne LeMignot, Brodsky said Rialmo is traumatized after fatally shooting LeGrier and Jones.
Here are two unedited clips of that interview.
In the first, Brodsky says Rialmo often begins to get tears in his eyes when discussing the case.
In the second, he says LeGrier was swinging a bat that came so close Rialmo’s face that the officer could feel the breeze from the swing.
According to one eyewitness account, the officer fired seven shots from the sidewalk, several feet from where LeGrier and Jones were standing. In the interview, Brodsky also says that shell casings were found on the sidewalk after traveling several feet from the altercation between the bat-wielding LeGrier and officer Rialmo.
The counterclaim seeks punitive and emotional damages for Rialmo, ranging from $50,000 to $10 million.
LeGrier family attorney Bill Foutris has said Quintonio never posed a danger, threat, or harm to any Chicago police officer before he was shot.
Both the Jones and LeGrier families have filed wrongful death lawsuits.