CHICAGO (CBS) – Michael Craig was a victim of domestic violence who called the police for help – but when officers arrived they took his life instead.
It’s been almost a year since Craig was shot at his home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. CBS 2 detective Megan Hickey spoke exclusively to Craig’s family – who told her that the d*ath suit filed on Monday was their last resort.
The lawsuit was filed with the United States District Court. Craig’s family also continues to demand prosecution of the officer who fired the shots and ask for dialogue with the city.
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Craig’s son Patrick Jenkins emphasized that it was his father who called 911.
Craig told police on October 4, 2021: “My wife has a knife on my bed with me. Currently. On my throat. ”
A lawsuit filed Monday in the federal jurisdiction of the Illinois Northern District alleges that Chicago police officer Alberto Covarrubias and his partner have been informed at least four times that Craig, 61, has been a victim of domestic violence.
Craig said his wife had a mental health episode and tried to stab him.
But when Officer Covarrubias entered the apartment, attorney Michael Oppenheimer said what followed was “a horror movie”.
With the stun gun and pistol drawn, the body camera video shows the officer shooting at Craig.
Oppenheimer, who represents the family, says Covarrubias didn’t stop there.
“Then he killed Michael Craig for no reason,” Oppenheimer said. “This man is a victim of domestic violence and a Covarrubias officer has killed a victim of domestic violence.”
Jenkins, Craig’s son, has to pick up the pieces now. He took care of his now 8-year-old brother, who was seen here on the body camera footage – he also told police that his “mommy” had a knife.
Jenkins said Chicago police did “everything” wrong in the situation.
The report not only claims that officers misinterpreted what was happening.
“Officer Covarrubias m*rdered Michael Craig,” Oppenheimer said. – He shot him in cold blood.
Craig’s son said he wanted additional domestic violence training for officers.
He wants to bring charges against Officer Covarrubias.
He also wants to know why the officers at the scene did not try to help him right after the shooting.
“Seeing someone go through this – knowing that they could have been saved, or there is something you could have done – and nothing,” said Jenkins.
But most importantly, Jenkins wants to sit down with the city and start a dialogue about how this type of tragedy can be prevented.
“We haven’t heard anything from anyone in Chicago,” said Jenkins. “No apology – nothing.”
We contacted the city’s law department for comment. We didn’t answer until 6pm
The CPD tells us that Officer Covarrubias is an active member of their department. It has already been suspended for the 2016 incident recommended to end it.
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