The high-speed chase by Calumet Park, Il., police that ended in Chicago and killed a 42-year-old Chicago police officer on his way home from work in a high-crime district is the latest in a string of police pursuits that have ended in tragedy, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Over the years, Chicago taxpayers have paid millions to innocent pedestrians, motorists and passengers killed or injured after police pursuits gone bad.
The two most costly of those incidents happened on the same weekend in June 1999. Unarmed African-American civilians LaTanya Haggerty, 26, and Robert Russ, 22, were shot to death by officers after separate police pursuits, touching off a summer filled with protests about alleged police brutality. Then-Mayor Richard M. Daley administration agreed to pay $18 million — triple the amount it had ever paid to settle a wrongful death case — to the family of Haggerty, a computer analyst shot by an officer who said she thought she saw a shiny, silvery object she mistook for a gun in Haggerty’s hand.