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Chicago police officer who went to court and refused to cover up a police shooting was given nearly $1 million

By 12/14/2022 10:23 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

A jury has awarded $910,000 to a Chicago police officer who refused to minimize another officer’s shooting of an unarmed teenager.

Isaac Lambert claimed he was demoted due to his refusal to give in to pressure from superiors in the 2017 killing of Ricardo Hayes, who was 18 at the time.

Officer Khalil Muhammad, who was not on duty, shot and injured Hayes in August 2017.

The unarmed Hayes was shown on the scene’s video walking down the street when Muhammad opened fire on him from his automobile.

According to Lambert, the police hierarchy sought to have Hayes detained and accused of assault.

He declined.

Lambert eventually submitted findings on the shooting in 2019 following a heated discussion.

He was demoted from the detective supervisor shortly after that.

Lambert brought a complaint under the Illinois Whistleblower Act in reaction to that treatment.

Between $1.2 million and $2.5 million was requested by his lawyers. Lambert, though, was pleased with the outcome.

After the verdict on Tuesday, Lambert told the Chicago Sun-Times outside the courthouse, “To get dragged by the city for these last three years is incredible. It’s absurd to care for a child who cannot care for himself.

The municipal attorneys for Chicago had maintained that Lambert was demoted for subpar performance rather than raising a red flag.

The testimony of numerous Chicago police officers was heard, but the jury rejected it.

One jury told WGN, “the further they rose in status, the worse liars they got.”

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