Chicago, IL — 14-year-old Pedro Rios was walking down the street on the night of July 4th, 2014 when he crossed paths with a Chicago police cruiser. According to reports, police spotted an object protruding from the boy’s waistband. Prior to police attempting to stop Rios, he was not suspected of committing any crime.
Shortly after they tried to stop him, police would kill Rios. Rios was pronounced dead at 10:07 p.m. on the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. However, an autopsy would later reveal that the two wounds were in the boys back, with an upward trajectory; suggesting that the boy was lying face down on the ground when he was killed.
Now, over 7 years after Rios was gunned down in his neighborhood, the family was set to go to trial in their lawsuit against the city. Over the weekend, however, the city decided to settle and Rios’ family will receive a $1.2 million settlement from the taxpayers of Chicago.
The incident happened outside of a surveillance supply company and was caught on many of the company’s cameras. However, that video remains sealed under a protective order.