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Suit: Man paralyzed after shot by cops while unarmed

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Chicago police allegedly shot and paralyzed a man on the South Side last year, and now he is suing the city, the officer who shot him, and two other officers who he believes tried to cover up the events that led to the shooting.

Tarance T. Etheredge III claims that on Dec. 17, 2012, while walking in the 7600 block of South Dante, Chicago police officers pulled up next to him in their squad car and told him to walk over to them.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, states that Etheredge was unarmed when officers approached him. When he began to walk away, officers chased after him and eventually opened fire.

One officer fired four shots at Etheredge, hitting him once in the shoulder and once in the lower back, the suit said. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.

After he was shot, Etheredge was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, police said at the time.

Etheredge claims that two other officers "conspired … to conceal the truth" that he did not have a gun at the time he was shot.

A spokesman for the city's Law Department said city officials have not yet been served with the suit, and declined to comment.

The five-count suit alleges willful and wanton conduct, battery, conspiracy to conceal the truth and responded at superior. Etheredge is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.

--Contact: Atty. James D. Montgomery Sr., (312) 977-0200.

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