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City Of Chicago Sued Over Fatal Police Shooting Of 24 Year Old Chicago Rapper Extendo Quono In Novem

The mother of Chicago rapper Extendo Quono shot and killed by a Chicago police officer during a foot chase last year is suing the officer and the city, according to court documents.

The lawsuit says Officer Julio Garcia was careless when he shot and killed her son Aquoness Cathery in November. She also, claims that the body camera was messed with during the chase with her son.

On Nov. 29 in the 6100 block of South King Drive Quono, ran from the officers while holding a handgun, according to police reports and statements at the time the led to a brief chase, an officer fired his service weapon and hitting the rapper on the back porch of a building.

Extendo Quono was rushed to Stroger Hospital, where he died the next day from his gun shot wounds.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, disputes the police narrative that the rapper had a gun and pointed it at an officer the lawsuit identifies as Garcia, 34, during the chase.

“As soon as Garcia got out of the back door of the apartment, he raised his gun and began shooting as Cathery (Extend Quono) ran across the back porch of the apartment building with his back to Garcia,” the lawsuit says. “One of Garcia’s shots went through a neighbor’s living room window at the end of the upper walkway of the porch. Garcia continued shooting as Cathery ran down the stairs of the back porch, and (he) tumbled down to the ground at the bottom of the stairs, mortally wounded.”

The shooting was captured on the officer’s body camera. The footage, available on the Civilian Office of Police Accountability website, shows an officer entering an apartment and moving through a living room and kitchen after Quono, who exited through the apartment’s back door. As the officer pursued him on the back porch, the officer raises his gun and fires as the rapper ran towards a flight of stairs on the back porch. There’s no audio in the moments leading up to the shooting or immediately after.

The lawsuit claims that the missing audio and obstructed views were intentional.

“Upon information and belief, Garcia had deliberately turned off or disabled the audio on his body camera prior to chasing after Cathery, and turned it on only after the shooting and the appearance of the gun,” the lawsuit says. “In so doing, Garcia concealed audio evidence of any verbal command, warnings (or lack thereof), and gunshots, as well as any communications with other officers, to obfuscate what actually occurred with (him).”

The lawsuit also states that “A gun was located on one of the steps of the porch above Cathery even though Cathery never displayed a gun while being chased by Garcia.”

The six-count suit seeks monetary damages for reckless conduct, emotional distress, wrongful death, among other claims. The mother of Cathery’s daughter is also listed as a plaintiff in the suit.

Chicago police referred questions to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. A COPA representative was not immediately available.

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