Cops Threaten To Sue Family Who Claim Cops Killed Teen Who Shot Himself

The FOP threaten a defamation lawsuit against lawyer who said police shot and killed a 15-year-old who killed himself

Chicago, IL A police union has threatened to sue an attorney from the Action Injury Law Group if he continues to claim police killed a 15-year-old boy who shot himself.

The Fraternal Order of Polices (FOP) attorneys sent attorney Andrew Stroth a letter notifying him that he and his clients, the family of Steven Rosenthal, would be sued if they should continue to defame the police officers who were at the scene after Rosenthal shot himself.

The statements you and your clients have made are simply untrue and actionable. These officers are also affected by this event, FOP attorney Tim Grace said in a Sept. 15 press statement posted on The Watch.

My clients appreciate that this is a very emotional time for the family and joins with them in objecting to this senseless loss of life," the statement said.

For this reason, my clients will grant them safe harbor for the previous defamatory statements, Grace continued. However, if you should decline this offer, you will leave my clients with no other alternative but to take legal action to protect their good name and reputation.

The shooting at issue occurred just after 7 p.m. on Aug. 17 after officers spotted Rosenthal with a weapon and tried to question him, FOX News reported.

Police said Rosenthal ran from the officers and then shot himself in the head shortly thereafter, the Chicago Tribune reported.

He died at his home in the 1500-block of South Keeler Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood.

The medical examiner ruled Rosenthals death a suicide from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled the death a suicide based upon the autopsy and physical evidence, Grace said. The ballistics indicated that the officers did not fire their weapons and the body-worn cameras clearly depict the location of the officers when the shot that killed Steven Rosenthal was fired.

Protesters were outraged as news of Rosenthals death became public. Their rage was fueled by a press statement the FOP said was filled with false information.

Steven was on the stairwell of his grandmothers house on the West Side of Chicago when police officers stormed up the stairwell chasing, Stroth told reporters and the public a press conference that preceded the protest. Within moments, these officers, without cause or provocation, shot and killed 15-year old Steven. Based on several eyewitness accounts, these officers ended the hopes and the dreams of a talented young man with a bright future.

Chicago Police Department Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that the ballistics and bodycam videos showed that no police officer fired their weapon during the encounter, according to WLS-TV.

Physical evidence showed that Rosenthal shot himself, according to CBS News.

Despite all this independent evidence, your firm and Mr. Rosenthals family have made slanderous and libelous statements about the incident, Grace said in his warning letter to Stroth.

You also claimed to the Chicago Sun-Times that you have hired a doctor and investigator whose analysis did not indicate suicide and that there were eyewitnesses who claim the police shot Mr. Rosenthal, the FOP attorney continued. If this is true, I would suggest you tender these witnesses to the detectives handling the investigation.

Thus far, the Chicago police have not publicly released the bodycam videos from Rosenthals suicide, but it was shown to the family.

The family responded that the body cam videos were "inconclusive."

Comments (23)
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JBo
JBo

418 murders in Chicago to date. Where's the outrage over the other 417? Crickets...no lawyer involved.

Reefer54
Reefer54

WHAT do you expect from fucking GHETTO RATS, just another wannabee Ghetto lottery winner

walkintall
walkintall

High time the FOP and other police groups started suing the defamers into oblivion.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

They played the Ghetto Lottery and LOST!!!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

"Based on several eyewitness accounts, these officers ended the hopes and the dreams of a talented young man with a bright future. Yeah right. with his upbringing he was headed downhill into the pit of darkness. He went to the pit at age 15... Great job parents, you failed.

Katarina
Katarina

@Just-My-Thoughts I see mention of a grandmother and an aunt. No mention of parents. ??

SteveH1975
SteveH1975

Play stupid games get stupid prizes

angeleyes
angeleyes

About time FOP stepped in and did their job, keep doing it and maybe cut down on some of these "attorneys" who goad their clients into how to win the thug lottery, once the attorneys' money is on the line and their good name, it's a different story. Love how no one has yet backed completely down and said the LEOs didn't do it, but instead it's bodycams were inconclusive. That poor boy didn't have a chance to choose another way, must have been desperate to do that. Family needs to look to themselves instead of blaming police, guess that would be too hard. They should, if they had an ounce of respect, dignity or morals, (what am i thinking), publicly apologize to the LEOs and the department as a whole.

61mouse
61mouse

Finally ....hopefully other LEOs do the same ...and to you LEO bosses step up and protect your men and women instead of throwing them under the bus

HH3
HH3

So sorry for the tragic death of a young man. However, LEO’s and support team now stand strong and hold the lawyer personally liable for his comments and those of his client.

Not until this happens will the ongoing demeaning of any police action continue. Stand strong and make them pay!!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

More racist, police hating liers looking for a quick buck. Disgusting!👎

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

How sad is it when the family hires a scumbag attorney and then try to turn the suicide death of their family member as a way to get rich. You have to be a real low life to do something like this and I hope the LEO's do sue. Until this happened and these people are proven in court to be the disgusting opportunists that they are these types of lawsuits will continue.

Bob Sumpf
Bob Sumpf

Should just go a head and sue the Attorney, Family AND the Press ( who released a False story).

Rayb
Rayb

Another scum bag lawyer stirring things up... wasting time and money..

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

This needs to happen more and more when families claim their innocent unarmed little kid was killed for no good reason, but all the evidence proves different. Start suing them all for defamation and watch it all stop after a few lawsuits are won. Show these people and their scumbag lawyers that they can not lie and make false claims and get away with it.

The thing is, they don't give 2 shits about their kid. If they did, they would have raised him correctly to begin with. They are just looking for a payday. So much of this in the black community. Kids are just a paycheck. Either from welfare, or the ghetto lottery when they get killed by police for "not doing anything".

CIDGPDCSP
CIDGPDCSP

Good for them, enough blatant lying about Police conduct without any repercussions.

Mrs10
Mrs10

It's about time! Sue the defamers and watch the frivolous wrongful death suits shrivel!

Branoli
Branoli

First they demand that all police officers wear body cams so they can try to prove how corrupt police officers are and how they indiscriminately kill black people. Now that all police officers are wearing body cams now they are saying the video is inconclusive. Law enforcement officers are never going to win against the scum. They are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Black Lie$ Matter

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Race pimps

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

I FEEL SORRY FOR THE FAMILY OF THIS YOUNG MAN WHO APPARENTLY SHOT HIMSELF. I KNOW IT IS HARD TO ACCEPT, BUT IF THE OFFICERS BODY CAM SHOW NOTHING AND THE AUTOPSY SAYS SUICIDE. THAT IS THE WAY IT IS, STOP BLAMING POLICE OFFICERS OF KILLING THIS YOUNG MAN.