CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Police Board on Thursday voted to fireside a veteran officer for a crash in 2017 that killed an off-duty cop and one other driver.
Police stated Officer Jamie Jawor, who was in an unmarked car, noticed a Jeep making sudden lane modifications and gave chase.
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Off-duty officer Taylor Clark was driving the Jeep. He had simply wrapped up his shift within the Ogden District on the West Aspect on-duty officers – together with Jawor – noticed his Jeep Cherokee – which matched the outline of a car needed in a carjacking, First Assistant Company Counsel Renai Rodney defined in 2019.
Clark sped away from the officers’ unmarked squad automotive, reaching speeds of as much as 107 mph, and working a pink mild on the intersection of Roosevelt Street and Kostner Avenue, the place he crashed into 27-year-old Chequita Adams’ Nissan. Adams and Clark have been killed in the crash.
Jawor didn’t activate her siren at any time throughout the pursuit, and didn’t activate her flashing lights till simply moments earlier than the crash. Rodney stated in 2019 that an professional employed by the town after Adams’ household filed a lawsuit decided, had the officers activated the lights and sirens, Clark doubtless would have pulled over.
An investigation additionally decided that Jawor didn’t contact dispatch to inform them for the aim of the chase.
Rodney stated in 2019 that it turned out Clark’s car was not the one being sought in a carjacking, and since he died, authorities don’t know why he began rushing.
The Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability advisable that Jawor needs to be fired for driving with out due regard for security, and driving in extra of the pace restrict. Nonetheless, then-police Supt. Eddie Johnson rejected that suggestion, which meant a random member of the Chicago Police Board needed to resolve whether or not the board ought to take up the case.
A board member did resolve to ship Jawor’s case to the complete board, forcing Johnson to file formal disciplinary fees.
The Metropolis Council Finance Committee signed off on a $4.9 million settlement with Chequita’s household in 2019.