Federal Lawsuit to be Filed Today on Behalf of 19-Year-Old Black Man Killed by Chicago Police

Family of Roshad McIntosh to File Lawsuit Against City of Chicago, Calls for justice

Today, the People’s Law Office will hold a press conference at the Federal Courthouse to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit for the unjustified police killing of Roshad McIntosh.  The case is brought on behalf of Roshad’s three-year old son.

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, Roshad McIntosh was on the 2800 block of West Polk Street when Chicago police officers confronted him and his companions.  Roshad began to flee, but quickly surrendered at a neighboring residence.  Chicago police officers shot at Roshad, who was unarmed, without cause or provocation, and killed him.

This lawsuit seeks not only to redress the wrongful death of Roshad but to hold the City of Chicago responsible for the unlawful policies and practices which caused his death and the unjustified police shootings of other Black men in Chicago.  These policies and practices include the failure to properly investigate and discipline officer misconduct and the police code of silence.  Data demonstrates that over the last decade, black Chicagoans were ten times more likely to be shot by Chicago police officers than white Chicagoans.

The Press Conference will be held today, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., at the Federal Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, with Cynthia Lane, Mother of Roshad McIntosh, Sarah Gelsomino, Peoples Law Office, Page May, We Charge Genocide, Babur Balos, Chicago Light Brigade and We Charge Genocide, and Pastor Gregg Greer, Southern Christian Leadership Conference.