Chicago appealing $44.7 million verdict

The City of Chicago is appealing a verdict that instructed the city to pay $44.7 million to a man who was severely injured by an off-duty police officer. Michael LaPorta was shot by an off-duty police officer after the two friends had been drinking in 2010. The jury rejected the officer’s claim that LaPorta grabbed the officer’s weapon and shot himself in a suicide attempt. The city says the taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay the $44.7 million owed for the officer’s private actions.

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