Sneed exclusive: FBI joins probe of Quintonio LeGrier’s death

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Family members talk about the fatal police shootings of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones at a vigil on Dec. 27, 2015, in Chicago. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

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Sneed has learned the FBI has joined a probe into the deadly police shooting late last December of Quintonio LeGrier, 19, whose neighbor, Bettie Jones, 55, was accidentally killed in the same incident late last December.

• Translation: Just days after the incident, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez — who also called in the feds to assist in the probe of the Laquan McDonald police shooting — asked the FBI to assist in the LeGrier investigation, calling it a “deeply disturbing incident that demands a very deliberate and meticulous independent investigation.”

• Backstory: LeGrier and Jones were shot and killed by Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo, 27, responding to an early morning call for a domestic incident involving a bat wielding teen at an apartment building at 4710 W. Erie Street at 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. Jones, the mother of five, was accidentally shot while standing near the front door of the building.

• Upshot: Sneed is told the feds are now taking an active role in the investigation, joining Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

• Backshot: LeGrier, a former engineering student who was struggling with mental health problems, called 911 three times, asking police to come to his father’s home, but did not give his specific address, according to emergency phone calls that were publicly released.

The dispatcher did not send an officer to the house until after LeGrier’s third call.

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Officer Rialmo, a former U.S. Marine who had been in uniform for the past three years, has filed a lawsuit suing Quintonio LeGrier’s estate citing emotional distress; seeking in excess of $50,000 for physical and emotional trauma; and $10 million in punitive damages, according to his attorney, Joel Brodsky.

• Buckshot: Alvarez, who faces a tough primary election in March, has been blasted by her challengers for waiting a year to release the controversial dashcam video of the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old McDonaldand timing it with murder charges against the Chicago Police officer who pumped 16 bullets into McDonald’s body.

Alvarez claimed the time delay was due to an active joint ongoing investigation at both the state and federal levels, which she felt demanded a highly complex touch.

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