I went back and there is nothing in the news about this when it happened.
Apparently this man was shot for holding a wrench and committing the crime of working on his car.
Chicago man files civil rights lawsuit against police
A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the city and a group of 25th district police officers.
31-year-old Erick Fields says he was fixing his car in his own garage last year, when police snuck onto his property and shot him in the stomach. The west side Chicago man reportedly needed multiple blood transfusions and emergency surgery to save his life. And he's saddled with half-a-million dollars worth of medical bills in a shooting that his lawyer says was completely unjustified.
"The problem here is that they silently crept through his yard, onto the property of an innocent man," according to civil rights lawyer Torreya Hamilton. "And then they shot him in his own garage without warning."
Hamilton filed the civil rights lawsuit in federal court, Thursday morning.
The city has not yet been officially served with the complaint, and spokespeople with Corporation Counsel say they are not yet able to respond to the allegations.
But Hamilton says the policemen's response to the shooting was callous and irresponsible.
After failing to find a gun on Fields or any kind of weapon, instead of immediately calling an ambulance, Hamilton says, they gathered outside to "get their story straight" after realizing they'd made a terrible mistake.
"Only after they saw Erick talking to his mother on his cellphone, and taking it away from him," Hamilton alleges, "did they realize that, 'uh-oh, somebody knows about this' ... did they finally call an ambulance." Hamilton says it very nearly cost Fields his life.