Appeals court tosses $44.7 million verdict in shooting by off-duty Chicago cop, says city can’t be held liable

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a historic $44.7 million judgment against the city of Chicago stemming from a shooting by an off-duty officer, saying that while the incident that left the officer’s friend paralyzed was “tragic,” the city cannot be held liable. The ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which was widely expected, wipes out the decision by a jury nearly four years ago that found the city had repeatedly failed to identify Officer Patrick Kelly as a problem before he shot his friend in the head after a night of heavy drinking. The 24-page opinion, …

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