The family of a 16-year-old boy fatally shot by Chicago police has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleges that the department’s long-standing racist practices “result in the unjustified death of people of color.”
It also claims police had no justification to shoot Pierre Loury on April 11 and conspired with one another to give “false, misleading and incomplete versions” of what really happened, Chicago Tribune reports.
Loury’s mother, Tambrasha Hudson, brought forth the suit, which also cites a report by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Police Accountability Task Force that concluded the department practiced “inherent racism.”
“Police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color,” the suit said, quoting from the task force report.
The lawsuit echoed statistics from the report showing that of the 404 police-involved shootings from 2008 to 2015, 74 percent of the victims were Black. This news comes despite Chicago’s population being almost evenly split with 32.9 percent Black, 31.7 percent white and 28.9 percent Hispanic.
“This 16-year-old lost his young life because of the unreasonable and lethal use of force,” said Andrew Stroth, an attorney representing the boy’s family. “These situations continue to happen.”
The lawsuit names the city and two unidentified police officers as defendants.