The city of Harvey is currently facing two lawsuits from a December incident in which officers shot a man in the leg without cause, shot and killed a witness’s puppy, and threatened a witness.

Harvey, a far south suburb of Chicago, has a median income and home value of about half the statewide median. The population is 90 percent black and Latino.

Paul Manning claims officers in a squad car followed him as he walked down a street on December 30. As described in the lawsuit, the officers stopped their car and told Manning to “come here”; Manning, however, who was unarmed and had done nothing wrong, kept walking.

As he kept walking away from the squad car, Manning slipped and fell. When he tried to get up, one of the officers shot Manning in the back of the leg. After Manning fell yet again, the officers fired still more shots at him.

While Manning was lying on the ground, one of the officers stood on the man’s back and handcuffed him.

A nearby witness tried to record the incident on his cell phone. The officer, however, grabbed the witness’s cell phone and threw it while, as Manning describes in the lawsuit, saying, “You touch the phone, I will shoot the shit out of you.”

Meanwhile, Karnischa Miller heard gunshots and opened the back door to witness, as she claims, “a young man, Paul Manning, lying on the ground after having been shot. He was screaming and asking for an ambulance.”

Her 14-week puppy Nemo ran out through the open door. An officer yelled to Miller’s boyfriend to come get the dog, but as LeShon Wright advanced to follow the order, an officer raised his gun towards Wright and the dog.

Wright stopped in his tracks, but the dog kept walking towards the officer. Although Nemo “did not growl, bark, or act aggressively in any way”, the officer shot the puppy.

The city of Harvey has admitted that the officers shot Miller’s dog. Miller claims that the officer’s response was, “Yeah, I shot the dog. What the fuck you gonna do about it?”

Miller claims that she and her children were so disturbed by Nemo’s brutal murder, and from “being forced to helplessly watch him die”, that they moved from Harvey to Wisconsin. She is now suing the city of Harvey, Officer James Sinnot, and Officer Davres on the grounds of excessive force, illegal seizure, failure to intervene, and emotional distress.

Manning, who has sued the city of Harvey, Officer Sinnot, and Officer O’Shea, is seeking punitive damages for excessive force, battery, and emotional distress.


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