CHICAGO -- The Chicago police sergeant who shot and killed a teen on the city's South Side last week was involved in two deadly shootings of African-American men in three years. No gun has been recovered in either case.
Chicago Police Sergeant John Poulos has been named in a lawsuit filed by the family of 28-year old Rickey Rozelle. In August 2013, Poulos was off-duty, heading home from his family's bar when he said he saw a suspected burglar on the back porch of a building that was being rehabbed in Old Town. Poulos said the man threatened to kill him and lunged at him. The Better Government Association obtained 911 calls from the incident.
“Shots fired by the police. I shot the man,” Poulos told dispatchers after the shooting. “He's in a gangway and he refused to show me his hands and he went into his pockets.”
A BGA investigation into the case notes Poulos later told investigators he saw Rozelle holding a shiny object. A wristwatch with a chrome face was found near Rozelle's body, but no gun was recovered. The embattled Independent Police Review Authority eventually cleared Poulos of any wrongdoing.
Now, he is being sued for another deadly shooting. Last week, the police sergeant shot and killed 19-year old Kajuan Raye in West Englewood. Surveillance video from the scene shows Raye running from the officer. It does not show the shooting. The sergeant told investigators Raye turned and pointed a weapon at him twice, but after an extensive search of the area police have not found a gun.
Police Supt. Eddie Johnson stripped the sergeant of his police powers following the latest incident.