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Chicago Upends $45 Million Verdict Over Shooting by Off-Duty Cop

Feb. 23, 2021, 8:09 PM

The city of Chicago is off the hook for a $45 million jury award in a civil rights action over an off-duty police officer’s shooting of his friend after a night of drinking because he was acting as a private citizen at the time, the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday.

Michael D. LaPorta, who was severely and permanently disabled by the shooting, claimed he was deprived of his due process right to bodily integrity in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

But a state’s failure to protect an individual against private violence doesn’t constitute a due process violation, the U.S. Court...

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