Cook County landlord accuses tenant, others of assault

By Robert Hadley | Aug 26, 2015

A Cook County woman is suing a tenant and others, alleging two instances of assault and battery, one of which resulted in her being shot.

Carmelita Jackson, of South Holland, filed a lawsuit Aug. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court against Patrick K. Martinez, Chanita Paul, Desiree Paul Triplett, Charita Paul, Andrea Roberson, Brandon Paul and the city of Chicago. Also named as defendants are Chicago police officers are Michael Dineen, Harold Huff, Michael McDevitt, Kevin Gardner, Sherman Morris, Paul Downing, Michael Gaines, Damon Stewart, John Kill, and unknown Chicago police officers.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 23, 2013, Carmelita Jackson was attacked by a tenant, Charita Paul, and Andrea Roberson in the hallway of a building she owns at 7840 S. Constant Ave. in Chicago. The police arrested Paul and Roberson, but two other attackers were not found, the suit says. Another altercation the next morning with several of the defendants left Jackson shot in the chest, the lawsuit states.

The defendants who are police officers are accused of negligence and defamation of character because one of the officers allegedly said Jackson fled the scene of the initial attack, which disinclined the others to fully investigate the attack, the suit says.

Jackson seeks a jury trial and damages of more than $50,000 for pain and suffering, emotional distress and medical bills. She is representing herself.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015-L008605.

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