Jury Hears Testimony In Ware v. City of Chicago, et al.

A ten-person jury began hearing testimony yesterday in the trial brought by Tammy Faye Grant, the mother of Cornelius Ware, who was shot and killed by Chicago police on August 18, 2003. In his opening statement, Jon Loevy, attorney for the plaintiff, told the jury Ware was shot as he sat in his vehicle with his hands above his head in a position of surrender. Margaret Carey, an attorney for the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Officer Anthony Blake, told the jury that Ware was shot after he pointed a gun at a Chicago Police Officer out the driver's side window . Carey told the jury that a gun was recovered from Ware's vehicle. The first witness called to the stand was Ms. Grant, who testified she saw her son with his hands above his head, and not holding a weapon. Upon cross-examination, Ms. Ware could not recall whether she gave a statement to Chicago Police when she arrived at the hospital to see her son. The second witness called, Richard Moore, was Ware's brother, and was 15 years old at the time of the shooting. Upon cross-examination, Moore testified that he heard Chicago Police yell "he's got a gun" before his brother was shot. He also testified that his mother told him she heard Chicago Police also yell "he's got a gun" before Ware was shot. Testimony is expected to last the remainder of the week.