CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer who was the subject of a lawsuit in the fatal shooting of a teenager and a grandmother is on trial for charges resulting from a bar fight.
Cook County prosecutors say Officer Robert Rialmo made an unprovoked attack against the two men, one of whom was seeking his jacket at closing time. The officer faces two counts of misdemeanor battery.
Rialmo's lawyer argued Monday the officer was defending himself from "very intoxicated" aggressors when he punched two men in the face while off duty in December.
A trial over lawsuits stemming from Rialmo's 2015 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier ended last month. Jurors awarded LeGrier's family just over $1 million but contradicted their verdict, which the judge negated. Bystander 55-year-old Bettie Jones was also killed.