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Chicago Cops Shoot Wrong Man - 11 Times
Courthouse News ^ | March 13, 2013 | JACK BOUBOUSHIAN

Posted on 03/21/2013 8:58:50 PM PDT by Altariel

CHICAGO (CN) - Chicago police shot a store owner 11 times after armed gunmen robbed him, then handcuffed him to his hospital bed and harassed him to cover up their "gross misconduct," the businessman claims in court.

Bassil Abdelal sued Chicago and two Officer Does in Federal Court, for excessive force, false imprisonment, assault and battery, wanton conduct, conspiracy, civil rights violations and negligence.

"The City of Chicago followed its 'code of silence' to protect and cover up the gross misconduct of Officer Doe 1 and Officer Doe 2 who fired eleven bullets into plaintiff, who was unarmed, did not aim any gun at the police, did not fire at the police, and posed no threat to the police," Abdelal says in the complaint.

Abdelal owns B&B Beauty Supply, on the West Side of Chicago.

He was closing for the night at about 8:30 on March 14, 2012, when "a man knocked at the door and wanted to make a purchase," the complaint states.

It continues: "The plaintiff tried to hand him the merchandise he wanted without letting him inside, but the man ran away. Plaintiff believes that it was a set up for plaintiff just to unlock the door.

"Shortly thereafter, the man that ran away came back with a mask on his face along with two other masked men, who stormed in the store. Two of the three masked robbers pointed guns at plaintiff and then they put a gun to his head and his father-in-law's head to try to knock them down and coerce them into doing what the robbers wanted."

The robbers forced Abdelal to open the register, which contained only $160.

"The robbers were upset as they expected much more than that," the complaint states. "They started screaming 'give more money or you be dead.' Plaintiff told them that the money was at the back of the store in the washroom. Before the robbers went to get the money from the washroom one of the robber's cell phones rang. They answered and they were informed that the police were coming, based on belief, by a getaway driver, as apparently somebody called from the nearby Green line CTA station.

"The robbers got scared and panicked, running in the store with a lot of anger. The plaintiff was very afraid that the robbers would shoot plaintiff and Aruri [his father-in-law] at any time because the robbers were angry that their plan did not work as planned. The robbers ran away when they heard police arrive and plaintiff saw one of the robbers drop their guns inside the store. The plaintiff stepped out of the door to see where the robbers were going so he could report it to the police.

"The plaintiff saw a gun at the front of the door outside. The plaintiff picked it up for protection until the police arrived because he was terrified that the robbers would return and come back for him from the side or anywhere. The plaintiff was standing right by the front door with the door open, half of his body inside and the other half outside. The plaintiff saw the police arriving in the parking lot outside the store. Feel[ing] relieved that the police were present for protection, he immediately threw the gun down to the ground and did not point it at anyone.

"After the police saw plaintiff drop the gun to the floor, they opened fire at him and shot plaintiff in his leg. The plaintiff ran back in side and was screaming, 'Don't shoot; I am the store owner.' The police kept on shooting even when plaintiff was lying inside because plaintiff had been already been shot in the leg. At no time did the police ever warn the plaintiff to point his hands up and/or lie on the ground or else they would shoot. In the process of shooting the plaintiff repeatedly, the police also shot out the glass in the store windows and glass door, causing substantial property damage.

"Plaintiff was shot and seriously wounded with 11 bullets to his hands, shoulder, legs, and hips. One bullet almost his plaintiff's head but it passed by plaintiff's head and hit the cash register. Plaintiff was bleeding profusely. Aruri was very scared and thought that plaintiff would die. Aruri ran to get something to wrap plaintiff's leg because it was shooting blood everywhere. The police ran into the store and the plaintiff lying down in a pool of blood asked them, in an extremely weak state, why they shot the owner. The police did not answer, did [not] give any care, and they stopped Aruri from even touching Abdelal and providing care.

Abdelal claims that "the police also shot and wounded all three robbers who fled from the store but who were nowhere near and away from the store at a later time after shooting the plaintiff even though the robbers did not have any guns on their persons when shot and never pointed any guns at the police since they had been dropped in the store and right outside the store before the police arrived."

Abdelal says Chicago police would not allow his father-in-law to stanch his bleeding leg, but handcuffed and questioned him in the ambulance and at the hospital about the gun.

"At no time did the plaintiff ever point a gun at the police or robbers, ever shoot a bullet at the police or robbers, ever own a gun, ever chase the robbers, or ever try hurt anyone. The plaintiff saw that the robbers who fled also never aimed a gun or fired any guns at the police while fleeing from the store. In fact, he saw them drop their guns while fleeing. Plaintiff's only concern was to protect himself and survive until help arrived," the complaint states.

"The plaintiff sustained serious gunshot wound injuries that caused permanent harm to the plaintiff as they required screws and a metal rod to be inserted in his left leg.

"The City of Chicago, by and through its agents and officers, tried to cover up and hide the fact that they shot the wrong person and that they used excessive deadly force against plaintiff who did not pose any threat to them."

He adds: "The next morning at the hospital at 4:00 am, while plaintiff was resting and lying in bed while heavily medicated, Chicago police came and handcuffed the plaintiff to the bed arms who was trying to rest from the pain from all bullets lodged his body. [Sic.] The police knew or had reason to know that the plaintiff was a victim of a crime given he was the store owner and had been held at gunpoint by three robbers which the police had shot beforehand.

"Throughout the entire week, detectives came back and forth asking plaintiff and his family questions even though they knew plaintiff could not talk coherently or know what medications the plaintiff was taking at the hospital."

Abdelal claims that the Chicago Tribune falsely reported the next day that the officers responded to gunfire at his store. But he says, "there had been no gunfire that occurred other than the police gunfire."

The Tribune is not a party to the complaint.

Abdelal seeks punitive damages of more than $10 million.

He is represented by Justin London.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: banglist; chicago; chicagocops; chicagocrime; donutwatch; guncontrol; illinois; secondamendment

1 posted on 03/21/2013 8:58:51 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

I wish I were on that jury. He’d get twice what he’s asking. What a bunch of worthless misfits these union cops are! Chicago would be far better off if all the police were fired and everyone was required to own at least one gun for their own protection.


2 posted on 03/21/2013 9:04:14 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Altariel

In for a penny, in for a pound.


3 posted on 03/21/2013 9:12:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Altariel
Abdelal seeks punitive damages of more than $10 million.

If I were judge, and all of this were substantiated, and I had the power, he would get every last damn possession belonging to these police officers, and 20% of their paychecks from the Chicago Transit Authority for the next 20 years.

4 posted on 03/21/2013 9:13:47 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Altariel

And anyone who helped cover it up would get much the same.


5 posted on 03/21/2013 9:15:59 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Altariel

Begins to sound as though being an incompetent, corrupt, and ignorant dickhead is endemic to Chicago officials - and those who hearken from there.


6 posted on 03/21/2013 9:27:26 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Altariel

I’m more concerned bout big city police officers with guns than criminals or law abiding citizens. These Depts. have a history of firing dozens of rounds at innocent people for no reason.


7 posted on 03/21/2013 9:30:09 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Altariel

Makes you wonder how many times they’d have shot the right guy.


8 posted on 03/21/2013 9:36:05 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: matt04

Yep...just ask those two women with the shot up truck.


9 posted on 03/21/2013 9:37:44 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: Altariel

11 times. and he survived. bet they were using 9 mm. just sayin’.


10 posted on 03/21/2013 9:41:29 PM PDT by RC one (From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: Altariel

Looks like we need to look at magazine bans for cops too.

Give ‘em ONE bullet, to be kept in their shirt pocket, Like Barney Fife.


11 posted on 03/21/2013 9:47:04 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: Altariel

sure it wasn’t DHS target practicing?


12 posted on 03/21/2013 10:00:18 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Altariel

thugs with badges. more and more that’s what the makeup of the police forces are.


13 posted on 03/21/2013 10:03:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Altariel

The writer of this crap article should get 5-10yrs; 2nd or 3rd worst I’ve read in last 3-4 mos.


14 posted on 03/21/2013 10:40:02 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The Most Insidious Power The Corrupt, Criminal Media Has, Is The Power To Ignore The Truth.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
I'm usually very pro-law enforcement, but these stories are becoming common.

C'mon cops! First the ladies delivering newspapers, now this.

It's getting so that I'm almost GLAD that cops are such bad shots.

15 posted on 03/21/2013 10:40:21 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: RC one

12-lb trigger pulls, like NYC?


16 posted on 03/21/2013 10:42:15 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The Most Insidious Power The Corrupt, Criminal Media Has, Is The Power To Ignore The Truth.)
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To: Altariel

UNION SCUM POLICE ALERT


17 posted on 03/21/2013 11:04:28 PM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: carriage_hill

I still am trying to figure out when the robbers handcuffed the clerk to the hospital bed!


18 posted on 03/21/2013 11:26:03 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: jmacusa

“Makes you wonder how many times they’d have shot the right guy.”

The clerk had a gun. Isn’t that illegal in Chicago? So, in their minds, they DID shoot the right guy.


19 posted on 03/21/2013 11:27:43 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: 21twelve

I gave-up on that point; too many other confusing non-facts to toy with in this mess.


20 posted on 03/21/2013 11:36:09 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The Most Insidious Power The Corrupt, Criminal Media Has, Is The Power To Ignore The Truth.)
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To: Altariel

(1) These thugcops need to be prosecuted, not sued.

(2) I had a LEO encounter tonight, initiated by me. VERY professional LEOs. The antithesis of thugcops. But I live in Dallas, not Chicago.


21 posted on 03/22/2013 12:47:29 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.b)
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To: Altariel

22 posted on 03/22/2013 12:50:28 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: piytar

PS “initiated by me” means I called them and they came...


23 posted on 03/22/2013 1:53:15 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.b)
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To: Altariel

Funny, the words “FIRED” nor “arrested” did not appear in the article.


24 posted on 03/22/2013 2:50:38 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: carriage_hill

The bulk of it is in quotes and apparently taken directly from the legal complaint filed by the plaintiff. I think a lawyer wrote it.


25 posted on 03/22/2013 3:58:31 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: muir_redwoods

That would help to explain a lot of it. Back to English 101 for him/her.


26 posted on 03/22/2013 4:07:15 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The Most Insidious Power The Corrupt, Criminal Media Has, Is The Power To Ignore The Truth.)
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To: Bon mots

Oh, I’m sure the internal investigation will be quite thorough.


27 posted on 03/22/2013 4:08:47 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: matt04

Yep. Just ask Jose Guerena. Oh, wait....


28 posted on 03/22/2013 4:20:20 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: piytar
Is Chicago still part of the United States?!?

I heard a while back that Chicago had voted to join Detroit and Philadelphia in hell.

29 posted on 03/22/2013 4:52:43 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: carriage_hill

Didn’t read like English is the writers primary language.


30 posted on 03/22/2013 5:08:29 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Altariel

Well first of all they were pissed that there was no puppy to shoot so they took out their anger on the store owner.


31 posted on 03/22/2013 5:18:44 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: boop

I wonder. It seems they’re becoming more common to me, too. But are these incidents more common, or is somebody promoting the meme? It would be interesting see some sort of statistical study on that.


32 posted on 03/22/2013 5:38:24 AM PDT by Little Ray (No "Comprehensive" Immigration Reform. Fortifiy the Borders First.)
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To: wiggen

Kinda sounded like the writer was trying to copy a police report, write an article, pen a short story and meet a deadline; none of which worked-out very well. Heh.


33 posted on 03/22/2013 5:48:36 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The Most Insidious Power The Corrupt, Criminal Media Has, Is The Power To Ignore The Truth.)
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To: RC one

Depends on where he was hit. A .22 can take you out with one round if you are hit in the right spot. .22s and .380 kill more than any other round. This is from FBI stats. These two rounds have a low recoil so you can get proper shot placement.


34 posted on 03/22/2013 5:51:22 AM PDT by USAF80
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To: USAF80

The tragedy of this is that it makes it very difficult for policemen and women who are good and fair at what they do to do their jobs well, because people suspect them, too. People tend to broad brush. Cops have very difficult, demanding jobs (and they face the worst of society five days a week (at the least), eight hours a day. The good ones (I’d say most of them are good ones) are being villified along with the bad ones.


35 posted on 03/22/2013 6:39:19 AM PDT by freepertoo
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To: freepertoo

True. It’s a natural reaction not to trust cops these days. They have authority and they can use it. One bad cop taints all the good ones.

If you or I shot someone 11 times we would be looking at a long time tied up in the legal system.


36 posted on 03/22/2013 7:05:19 AM PDT by USAF80
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To: carriage_hill
The writer of this crap article should get 5-10yrs; 2nd or 3rd worst I’ve read in last 3-4 mos.

I noticed the same. Seems like english was not the writer's native language.

37 posted on 03/22/2013 9:07:10 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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