City's 'Expert' Suggests Shooting Unjustified Because Cop Shot Too Few Times

Law expert Michael Gennaco said a Chicago officer was wrong for pursuing the armed suspect.

Chicago, IL – An expert witness for the city of Chicago testified that a police officer should not have chased a 15-year-old male carrying a pistol in an alley in an area of the city known for gang violence.

Michael Gennaco made his comments May 17 in a police board hearing in the case involving Officer Brendan Ternand, according to FOP blog The Watch.

Officer Ternand fatally shot Dakota Bright during a foot pursuit in a neighborhood known for gang violence on Nov. 8, 2012.

Gennaco works for OIR Group, which described Gennaco as “a nationally recognized expert on law enforcement reform and accountability systems.”

The Watch reported that Officer Ternand’s attorney questioned why the officer should not have chased an armed man wearing gang colors in a violent, gang-riddled neighborhood. "Isn’t that their job?" the attorneys asked on cross examination, according to The Watch blog.

Gennaco also said that Officer Ternand only fired once, which he said was suspicious. Most police officers fire at least two times in such situations, Gennaco said, according to The Watch.

The six-year old case is under review. The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), Chicago's civilian review board, found the shooting to be “unprovoked and unwarranted,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

IPRA has since been replaced by the Civilian Officer of Police Accountability.

IPRA concluded that Bright was not armed when he was shot in the back of the head although he ditched his gun while out of sight of officers.

Police recovered the .22 caliber revolver in a front yard near where the chase began, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had cleared Officer Ternand of any wrongdoing, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The Cook County State’s Attorney reviewed the case in 2017 and looked at all the available evidence and stated there was no basis for criminal charges against Officer Ternand, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Officer Ternand is a 10-year-police veteran. He was stripped of police powers in October of 2017 and placed on paid desk duty until the disciplinary hearing was completed, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Chicago police union is also angry about COPA’s decision that Officer Ternand’s shooting was unjustified. The Fraternal Order of Police said the Officer Ternand case as an example of what it calls “bogus, politically motivated investigations, arbitrarily punishing officers,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Gennaco's employer, OIR Group, made headlines after the city of Phoenix hired them on a $45,000 no-bid contract to conduct a review of the police department's crowd control response when protesters started rioting at a speech by president Trump.

In a statement, Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio said he opposed the review and called it a “witch hunt.”

He said “After the selfless AND HEROIC actions of our dedicated police officers WHO came under fire from a handful of radical left-wing PROTESTERS … Phoenix LEADERS have agreed to put an item in front of the council this week to bring in a radical, anti-police consulting firm to ‘review’ the actions of our officers.”

He was the only councilman to vote against the no-bid contract.

Critics said that if you pay a group of lawyers tens of thousands of dollars to find wrongdoing, they'll find wrongdoing no matter what.was the only councilman to oppose the review.

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Pack

“Unjustified because you shot him too many times”
“Unjustified because you shot him too few times”
“Unjustified because he only had a knife”
“Unjustified because the gun was a fake”
“Unjustified because.................

Scattered
Scattered

This is some crap right here. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. Where is all the praise for these officers who put their life on the line every day? This is getting to be a damn scary world. I'm glad I'm locked, loaded and prepared!!!!

Tlaw
Tlaw

Seems like the police get criticized for what ever they do. Now their actually saying the officer shot too little instead of too much. Geez ...!

JBrewer669
JBrewer669

This so called expert could not be more wrong. Police officer's have a duty to act! Then to try and act like the officer firing once was suspicious is beyond disingenous its ludicrous. If one round ended the threat to fire any more than that would have been unecessary and then other bleeding heart crimimal sympathizers who are also self described use of force experts would be calling that excessive.

Katarina
Katarina

This nonsense is exactly WHY there are so many murders and high gang activity in democrat run cities. They are protecting the criminals and condemning the police who try to keep the law abiding citizens safe. They should have just left this armed thug free to confront his next victim? Are those law abiding citizens sound asleep that they allow this to continue? No one will be safe anywhere the bolder these lawbreakers get.

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