Sheriff's Deputy Cleared In Beanbag Gun Shooting

An Illinois State Police investigation has concluded that McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Zane Seipler was justified in using deadly force when he shot forty-three year old David Maxson with a shotgun firing small bean bags. The investigation found that Maxson ran towards Deputy Seipler waiving a knife. Seipler responded by firing three silver dollar sized bean bags at Maxson. The McHenry County State's Attorney's Office agreed that deadly force was was warranted. This was the first use of the bean bag weapon by McHenry County Sheriff's deputies. The bean bag weapon is typically intended for situations when less than lethal force is needed, but can be used as a lethal weapon according to police officials.

City Of Chicago Settles 1998 Police Shooting Case

The City of Chicago has agreed to pay Anton Brown, Tiffany Crawford, Michael Johnson and Joe Rice the collective sum of $1.75 million stemming from a police shooting that took place on June 14, 1998 after the Chicago Bulls had won the NBA championship. The plaintiffs claimed they were shot while driving away from the police. The police officers contended they fired at plaintiffs' car as it headed towards them. The plaintiffs were represented by attorney David Cerda. The defendants were represented by James Sotos.

Rene Guerrero Files Suit Against Jerome Finnigan

Rene Guerrero has filed suit against Special Operations officers Jerome Finnigan and John Burzinski alleging they handcuffed him and looted his home in 2005. Guerrero also claims he was held at the police station for 25 hours and denied access to medication and a catheter he needed to urinate, as he is a paraplegic. Guerrero is represented by Arthur Loevy at the law firm of Loevy & Loevy.

Terrance Thompson Claims He Was Framed By Chicago Police Officers

Terrance Thompson has filed suit against Chicago Police Officers Carl Suchocki, John Burzinski and Tim McDermott in the Northern District of Illinois alleging they planted a gun on him during a September 21, 2002 arrest. Suchocki and other Special Operations officers were charged last year with robbing citizens and other misconduct. Thompson was convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and sentenced to 8 years in prison. He was released from prison on December 5, 2006.