Family of black teenager, 17, shot dead while fleeing police, prosecutes Chicago and the officer

Family of black teenager, 17, shot in flight for police, prosecutes Chicago and the officer who did not activate his body camera when the boy ran from a crashed vehicle

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  • Chicago Police Officer Adolf Bolanos shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Elam Jr. on February 16 near 2133 S. Keeler Avenue, according to a lawsuit
  • It mentions Bolanos and the city of Chicago as defendants in the court case
  • Bolanos drove an unmarked CPD vehicle with a dash camera on it
  • Elam and the other Acura occupants tried to flee the scene after they crashed their car and Bolanos immediately started chasing after them.
  • The trial claims that the officer could not turn his camera on the body and started shooting at Elam, slapping him in the back of the head and behind
  • Alice Martin – the teenager's mother – and her family are represented by lawyers Christopher Smith and Jeffrey J. Neslund
  • Neslund had previously represented the Laquan McDonald & # 39; s family in their lawsuit against Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014
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The mother of a black teenager who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer during a traffic stop in February filed a federal lawsuit.

Chicago Policeman Adolf Bolanos shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Elam Jr. on February 16 near 2133 S. Keeler Avenue, according to a lawsuit filed by the teen's mother – Alice Martin.

It mentions Bolanos and the city of Chicago as defendants in the court case.

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Chicago Police Officer Adolf Bolanos shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Elam Jr. (photo) on February 16 near 2133 S. Keeler Avenue, according to a lawsuit filed by the teen's mother - Alice Martin

Chicago Police Officer Adolf Bolanos shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Elam Jr. (photo) on February 16 near 2133 S. Keeler Avenue, according to a lawsuit filed by the teen's mother – Alice Martin

The lawsuit claims that around 8.30 pm Elam was a passenger in an acura of 2004 that crashed into a fence when the police tried to pull the vehicle over for a traffic violation.

Bolanos drove an unmarked CPD vehicle with a dash camera on it.

Elam and the other Acura occupants tried to flee the scene after they crashed their car and Bolanos immediately started chasing after them.

The lawsuit states that the officer was unable to turn on his camera and shot at Elam, where he was hit in the back and head.

The trial claims that around 8.30 pm Elam was a passenger in an acura from 2004 that crashed into a fence when the police tried to pull the vehicle over for a traffic violation

The trial claims that around 8.30 pm Elam was a passenger in an acura from 2004 that crashed into a fence when the police tried to pull the vehicle over for a traffic violation

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The trial claims that around 8.30 pm Elam was a passenger in an acura from 2004 that crashed into a fence when the police tried to pull the vehicle over for a traffic violation

Elam and the other Acura occupants tried to flee the scene after they crashed their car and Bolanos immediately started chasing after them.

Elam and the other Acura occupants tried to flee the scene after they crashed their car and Bolanos immediately started chasing after them.

Elam and the other Acura occupants tried to flee the scene after they crashed their car and Bolanos immediately started chasing after them.

& # 39; Failure to activate his body camera was a direct violation of mandatory CPD orders, whereby officers were required to activate the camera when violent incidents were used, & # 39 ;, says the suit.

His partner – officer Wilfredo Gama Jr. – approached Elam & # 39; s body and started looking for him and took a cell phone and headphones from his jacket pocket.

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Gama & # 39; s camera video & # 39; s showed Elam's bleeding body when he was searched by the officer, the trial says.

The suit claims the police waited more than five minutes before informing a coordinator of the shooting and asking for an ambulance for Elam.

Elam was taken to the Mt. Sinai hospital, but was declared dead by the wounds of the head shot.

The trial claims that the officer could not turn his camera on the body and started shooting at Elam, slapping him in the back of the head and behind

The trial claims that the officer could not turn his camera on the body and started shooting at Elam, slapping him in the back of the head and behind

The trial claims that the officer could not turn his camera on the body and started shooting at Elam, slapping him in the back of the head and behind

Martin and her family are represented by lawyers Christopher Smith and Jeffrey J. Neslund
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Martin and her family are represented by lawyers Christopher Smith and Jeffrey J. Neslund

Martin and her family are represented by lawyers Christopher Smith and Jeffrey J. Neslund

The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation, but states that funeral and funeral costs are some of the financial burdens of Elam & # 39; s death.

Elam & # 39; s family & # 39; has lost and will continue to lose, financial support, consortium, society, company and sorrow and sorrow from the loss of love and affection & # 39; from the teenager, that's the suit.

Martin and her family are represented by lawyers Christopher Smith and Jeffrey J. Neslund.

Neslund had previously represented the Laquan McDonald & # 39; s family in their lawsuit against Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014
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Neslund had previously represented the Laquan McDonald & # 39; s family in their lawsuit against Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014

Neslund had previously represented the Laquan McDonald & # 39; s family in their lawsuit against Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014

Neslund had previously represented the Laquan McDonald & # 39; s family in their lawsuit against Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014.

At a press conference on Thursday, Neslund announced that Martin would attend the West Town High School diploma on Friday to accept her son's diploma.

Police claimed an Elam had a gun on the spot, but Neslund disputes that claim, WGN TV reports.

& # 39; We've done extensive research with everyone in the car and witnesses from the neighborhood who really saw the shooting, nobody said Michael ever had a gun, & # 39; he said.

Bolanos was posted to the counter for 30 days as required by Chicago police policy, but has since been in active service in Ogden District.

Police records show that he joined the department in April 2014.

The shooting is still being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

The police claimed that an Elam had a gun on the spot, but Neslund disputes that claim

The police claimed that an Elam had a gun on the spot, but Neslund disputes that claim

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The police claimed that an Elam had a gun on the spot, but Neslund disputes that claim

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