- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - A jury has ruled the city of Chicago must pay nearly $2.5 million to a Chicago Transit Authority train operator who was injured after a police car chasing a bicyclist ran into a Brown Line train.

CTA worker Jeffery Bryant’s attorneys told the Chicago Tribune (https://trib.in/2eM16hs ) that a Cook County jury ruled last week in favor of their client, who suffered a serious spinal injury after the August 2012 crash in the Albany Park neighborhood.

The suit hinged on an interpretation of a Chicago Police Department policy that requires officers to weigh the need to pursue a suspect against the danger created by a chase. The city had argued the rule only applies to cases in which a police car pursues another vehicle, but Bryant’s attorneys said the order should govern all police cars regardless of the suspect’s mode of transportation.

According to a statement from the law firm of Aleksy Belcher, Officer Charlotte Gonzalez crashed into the train after driving past activated safety gates during a chase of a bicyclist who’d been riding on the sidewalk, according to Bryant attorney Bryant Greening.

Gonzalez testified that she did not violate any safety regulations due to the plain language of the general order, the law firm statement said.

The officer also saidt she would have ended the pursuit and not driven on the tracks if the suspect, who was not caught, had been driving a vehicle.


Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com

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