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WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER, CITY OF CHICAGO FOR UNJUSTIFIED FATAL SHOOTING OF MAURICE GRANTON JR.

Posted on: July 30th, 2018 by Romanucci & Blandin
Romanucci & Blandin, Action Injury Law Group file suit on behalf of grieving family Chicago, IL (July 30, 2018)—Attorneys from Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and the Action Injury Law Group, LLC, today filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Chicago police officer Sheldon Thrasher and the City of Chicago for the unjustified shooting death of Maurice Granton Jr. The 24-year-old African American man was fatally shot in the back on June 6 by Officer Thrasher in the Bronzeville neighborhood. The ... Read More

The Modern Civil Rights Era and Police Accountability Antonio M. Romanucci

Posted on: March 27th, 2018 by Romanucci & Blandin
When the term “civil rights” is invoked, many think of images of Martin Luther King, Jr. standing at the forefront of a street march protesting or standing at a podium challenging the leaders of this country for equality and inclusion. However, the reality is that civil rights is far older than MLK and from its genesis, it has evolved into something far more prevalent which dominates the news headlines of today. How ,any times do you think you have recited the pledge of allegiance? Sure ... Read More

City Hall Fumble Leads to Abrupt Settlement in ‘Code of Silence’ Lawsuit

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 by Romanucci & Blandin
Last week the city of Chicago, in a stunning turn of events surrendered in the middle of closing arguments, reaching a settlement with lawyers representing relatives of two victims who lost their lives in a fiery crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway back in 2009. The civil trial into whether a police code of silence allowed veteran CPD homicide Detective Joseph Frugoli – an admitted alcoholic – to drive drunk without fear of consequences when he killed the two young men was upended earlier last ... Read More

ROMANUCCI & BLANDIN SECURES LIABLE VERDICT AGAINST CITY OF CHICAGO IN CIVIL RIGHTS CASE ON BEHALF OF MICHAEL LAPORTA

Posted on: November 1st, 2017 by Romanucci & Blandin
$44.7 Million Dollar Verdict is Largest ever returned in a Police Misconduct Lawsuit involving the City of Chicago and in the State of Illinois CHICAGO (FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2017) — Romanucci & Blandin, LLC announced today that the City of Chicago has been found liable in the civil rights case brought by their client, Michael LaPorta.  The jury impaneled before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber issued its verdict, finding Chicago Police Officer Patrick Kelly responsible for shooting La ... Read More

Investigation Into Chicago’s Law Department Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division

Posted on: February 24th, 2017 by Romanucci & Blandin
Right after the Department of Justice released their harsh report on the weaknesses and failings of the Chicago Police Department, 11 city alderman wrote a letter to the attorney general and asked for an investigation into the Chicago Law Department. These aldermen make up the City Council’s Progressive Caucus, and they’re concerned that the Law Department is a key factor in enabling police misconduct to continue here in the city.  What is one of the ways they do this? By withholding inf ... Read More

Romanucci & Blandin Attorney, Antonio Romanucci Addresses what Victims of Police Misconduct can do Following the DOJ’s Scathing Report on the Chicago Police Department

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Romanucci & Blandin
Chicago personal injury and civil rights attorney, Antonio Romanucci spoke on-air at FOX 32 Chicago following the U.S. Department of Justice's release of a 161-page report last week. The report's findings detail a year-long probe into the highly contentious Chicago Police Department (CPD). Federal investigators determined what Romanucci has heard from clients for years - That the CPD has routinely violated the constitutional rights of citizens in numerous ways, such as using excessive force, per ... Read More

Chicago Police Department Uses Excessive Force, Violates Civil Rights According to Department of Justice Report

Posted on: January 14th, 2017 by Romanucci & Blandin
The U.S. Department of Justice today released a 161-page report that details its findings following a year-long probe into the highly contentious Chicago Police Department (CPD). Federal investigators determined that the CPD has routinely violated the constitutional rights of citizens for years in numerous ways, such as using excessive force, permitting racially discriminatory conduct and shooting individuals who posed no immediate threats. The report, which has been called “scathing”, ... Read More

No Accountability for Chicago Cops and Surveillance Cameras

Posted on: December 21st, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
Once again, the Chicago Police Department is under fire for a lack of accountability.  This time, it has to do with surveillance cameras set up around the city, paid for by taxpayer funds. These cameras were originally meant to enhance police observations and assist in lowering crime rates, but after an investigation by Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, it was discovered that the CPD has no control or restrictions over who can access these videos.  Police officers have no individual login to ... Read More

Yelp for Cops: Trying To Bring Transparency to The Chicago Police Department

Posted on: October 31st, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
Tensions between police departments and the public are at an all-time high across the country – especially here in Chicago.  Just this month, a report of complaints lodged against the Chicago Police Department (CPD) was released and included over 134,000 complaints during a 34-year period.  That is an outrageous number, and the public is starting to demand action against police misconduct.   Channing Harris is trying to answer that demand with his new app called Excuse Me Officer or XMO ... Read More

Recommendations by Donald J. Trump to Increase the Practice of Stop and Frisk Tactics Troubling

Posted on: September 28th, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
In a candidates forum last week and during the Presidential debate this week, republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump proposed increasing the practice of stop-and-frisk tactics as a way to stop violence in our country’s black communities. Trump cited past experiences in New York as proof that the tactic works. What he failed to mention is that in cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles and our hometown of Chicago, the methods have been found unconstitutional for disp ... Read More

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