Jury Rejects Claims By Store Owner Shot By Chicago Police
After about four hours of deliberation yesterday, a federal jury ruled against a store owner who was shot by Chicago Police after called them for help when his store was being robbed.
Bassil Abdelal was robbed at his beauty supply store in 2012. Chicago Police responding to the robbery shot Abdelal because they say he pointed a gun at them.
Abdelal said that wasn’t true. He said he picked up a gun dropped by a robber but only to protect himself.
He sued the city and the three officers who shot him for excessive force and false arrest.
Abdelal’s attorneys told the jury that the officers changed their stories to save their jobs.
The defense said Abdelal shouldn’t be compensated for his own gross and reckless misjudgment of picking up a weapon.