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Video: Chicago Police Sued Over High-Speed Pursuit

July 23, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Chicago Police Sued Over High-Speed Pursuit

A total of 20 Chicago police officers are being sued over a chase that resulted in the death of a 13-month-old boy, reports WGN-TV.

Dillan Harris was in his stroller at 63rd and Ellis two weeks ago when police say shooting suspect Antoine Watkins tried to outrun several police cruisers, jumped a curb, and hit Dillan.

The lawsuit by Dillan's family says the police ignored orders to break off the chase. Watkins and the City of Chicago are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

In a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times, city attorneys blamed Watkins for Dillan's death.

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OK @ 7/23/2015 4:39 PM

How about putting the blame on those that fled and caused the child's death? Oh, that's right, their pockets aren't deep enough.

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/23/2015 8:17 PM

The lawsuit against Watkins won't produce any monetary value for the family because you can't get blood out of a turnip. Now I am not saying that Watkins deliberately struck the child but I don't think that he actually cared either as long as he got away from the Police. I think he also knew what doing so would cause in the media and with the general public.

Tetro1980 @ 7/26/2015 8:34 AM

OK, I agree with you 100% on this. The family knows they have a better chance of getting a settlement from the city of Chicago then the scum bag who was involved in a shooting and is being charged with the death the child.
It easier to blame the Police for everything, due to the policies of our President and the last moron who was in charge of the Justice department.

AZBIGDOG @ 8/2/2015 7:38 AM

Easiest way to avoid high speed pursuits is to put out word to the citizens that Department will no longer engage in the pursuits. That way the criminals will not worry about being caught or that Police may even find out who they are. I know of several agencies that discourage pursuits and also will discipline officers for complaints that they were pursuing criminals in a reckless manner. I feel sorry for the families, not just of the victims but the officers, who are put through a lot of stress over incidents like this.

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