A 13-year-old boy remains hospitalized after a Chicago police officer shot him "recklessly, callously and wantonly" during a foot pursuit last week, a new federal lawsuit alleges.
The teen was struck once on May 18 after fleeing from a stolen car, Chicago police said.
The lawsuit, which was filed on the teen's behalf in U.S. District Court on Thursday, claims the officer chased the boy on an "inherently dangerous" foot pursuit that was unjustified because the boy was unarmed. According to a number of witness accounts, the boy had his hands up when he was shot.
The teen was identified in the lawsuit as a Black seventh grader with the initials A.G.
"A.G. is currently lying in a hospital bed with a bullet still lodged in his body after being shot in the back by an officer with the Chicago Police Department," the lawsuit states. "A.G. and his family are waiting to learn whether he will ever be able to walk again."