CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The mother of a teenager shot and killed by a Chicago police officer is frustrated about the officer’s threat to sue her dead son.
It would be a retaliatory lawsuit for the wrongful death suit the family of Quintonio Legrier filed against the city.
As if losing her son wasn't devastating enough for Janet Cooksey, now she might have to contend with a lawsuit in which the officer's attorney says the officer has suffered emotional distress as a result of the incident.
“You took my best friend and my only son, and you say you gonna sue?” Cooksey said.
Cooksey was at times at a loss for words as she tried to fathom being sued by the officer who shot and killed her son.
The officer's attorney, Joel Brodsky, says LeGrier attacked the officer, Robert Rialmo, causing him stress.
“My son will never give me any grand-children and he talk about his stress?” Cooksey said. “I had a promising honor student who always talked about all the great things he was going to do and he (the officer) talks about his stress? Where does the disrespect stop?”
LeGrier and a neighbor, Bettie Jones, were killed when police responded to a 9-1-1 call from Legrier's father. But Legrier had called 9-1-1 himself three times before that and the dispatcher hung up on him.
“I'm devastated with her,” Cooksey said about the dispacter. “She did not try to see what was the problem, or even try to comfort him. He dialed 9-1-1, that's the call that that's supposed to assist you and the attitude in her voice was so disrespectful.”
But that frustration pales with Cooksey's feelings towards officer Rialmo.
“Officer Robert, due to you, my son has this date,” Cooksey said, while holder a poster with the date of her son’s death.
FOX 32 repeatedly reached out to Joel Brodsky, but he is involved with a murder trial and was unavailable for an interview.
The one thing he did indicate is that he plans to file the officer’s countersuit to the wrongful death lawsuit in a couple of weeks.