Michael LaPorta was left permanently disabled after suffering a gunshot wound to the head from the pistol of a violent cop on Jan. 12, 2010
The bullet that severely injured LaPorta came from Chicago Police Officer Patrick Kelly’s service weapon, and a lawyer representing LaPorta’s family says there is “overwhelming evidence” that Kelly—who was a close friend of LaPorta—shot him. The lawyer accused the Chicago police of attempting to protect one of their own, reported The Chicago Sun-Time.
Eileen Rosen, a lawyer for the city, said LaPorta’s family will not be able to overcome a key question in the trial, which is whether or not Kelly did, in fact, pull the trigger.
“They cannot prove that Kelly shot LaPorta,” Rosen said.
The jury is currently considering whether the city failed to control Kelly, who has a history of violence and was described in court as a “loose-cannon, ticking-time-bomb police officer.”
Just this year, the city settled for $500,000 in a separate lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she miscarried her baby after Kelly used a Taser on her three times in August 2013.
The lawsuit filed by LaPorta’s family claims that 18 complaints were registered against Kelly in the 6 years before LaPorta was shot.
Rosen isn’t interested in evidence, telling jurors that just about anyone can file a complaint against an officer. She also said the department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office looked into LaPorta’s encounter and chose not to bring charges.
Of course, not bringing charges against violent and abusive cops is nothing new, especially in a city allegedly as corrupt as Chicago.
While the police department is now taking another look at the LaPorta shooting, Kelly has been assigned to administrative duties.
The shooting occurred after the two friends reportedly spent the night drinking at several bars with other off-duty police officers.
In a recording of the 911 call from the incident, the second placed by Kelly, on the day LaPorta was shot in Kelly’s home, one can hear Kelly apparently crying while telling the dispatcher, “I need a fucking ambulance!”
Kelly, who was apparently inconsolable following the shooting, eventually told detectives that LaPorta put Kelly’s service weapon to his head before pulling the trigger twice.
The first time, Kelly said, there was just a click, and that LaPorta laughed, but the second time, he said, the gun went off.