Corboy & Demetrio Files Lawsuit in Death of Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Killed in Police Chase

The Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio has filed a lawsuit for the family of an off-duty, Chicago police officer killed in a Calumet Park police chase.

Online PR News – 17-September-2014 – Chicago, IL – Corboy & Demetrio has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the Estate of Chicago Police Officer David Harris, 42, who was killed while driving home from work by a van that was being chased by Calumet Park Police on March 14, 2014.

Harris, a 10-year veteran of the CPD, was killed when the van rammed into Harris' vehicle on the city’s South Side, and was just 15 minutes from his home.

The lawsuit, filed by Harris’ wife Sandra on Tuesday, names as Defendants the Village of Calumet Park and Jerald Nettles, the police officer who was pursuing the van, and alleges that both acted "with utter disregard for the safety of others."

The primary focus of a police department is the safety of the public

Corboy & Demetrio attorneys Matthew T. Jenkins and Thomas A. Demetrio represent the Harris estate.

"The primary focus of a police department is the safety of the public," Jenkins said. "On March 14, Officer Nettles and the Calumet Park Police Department were recklessly indifferent to the safety of the public. The result was the tragic death of Officer David Harris," Jenkins added.

The chase began when the van rolled a stop sign and ended in the death of Harris who earned 87 awards during his career with the CPD.

"Officer David Harris was an incredibly special person. He was a highly decorated Chicago police officer, a loving husband to Sandy, and dedicated father to David and Caleb," Jenkins said. "His loss is profound, not only to the Harris family, but to the entire community," Jenkins added.

Case info: #2014L9643, Sandra Harris, Special Administrator of the Estate of David Harris v. Village of Calumet Park and Jerald Nettles, Cook Co. Circuit Court.

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