Family sues City of Chicago, driver over police chase that ended in man's death

By Thomas Kallies | Dec 10, 2013

A woman is suing the City of Chicago and Dorian Williams over allegations a police chase ending in the death of an innocent bystander

Rachel Brown, as administrator of Eugene Ratliff's estate, filed suit in the Cook County Circuit Court on Dec. 3. Brown claims that in September,  two Chicago police officers saw a car violate a traffic law and tried to pull the car over.

Upon being pursued, the suit states the car being driven by Williams fled, which led to a high speed pursuit.  The car crashed at the intersection of Blackstone Avenue and 83rd Street, where the complaint alleges that Ratliff sustained injuries from which he later died.

Brown is suing Williams and the city for the part they played in Ratliff's death. She is seeking damages in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits and is being represented by James D. Montgomery Jr. and John K. Kennedy.

Circuit Court of Cook County Case No. 2013L013704.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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