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Student Claims Chicago Cop Shot Him|Because He Had A Video Game Console

CHICAGO (CN) - A Chicago cop shot a student three times because he brought a Sony Portable Play Station to school, the student says in Federal Court. Darrius Wilson, 16, claims a school security officer shouted "Gun!" when he detected the video game console, then that officer and a Chicago cop one chased him to an El platform, where the police officer shot him three times - twice in the back.

Wilson says he was unarmed when he entered Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago on Jan. 22, 2008. School security officer Bennie Parker searched him when he got to school, which is mandatory, Wilson says. He says Parker, a Chicago Public Schools employee, shouted "Gun!" when he found the game console.

Wilson says he ran from the building "because he had been in trouble for having a PSP [Portable Play Station] at school before in violation of the rules and he feared being disciplined."

Wilson says Parker and Chicago police Officer Anthony Davis, who was providing security at the school, ran after him.

Wilson says that as he purchased his transit card, Davis, "without warning," shot him twice in the back and once in the side of his torso. Davis patted him down as he lay bleeding on the ground and found no gun on or near him, the student says.

Wilson claims Davis left the scene for 10 minutes while another officer "planted a gun at the scene to make it appear that the plaintiff had a gun so Defendant Davis could provide false testimony that he shot the plaintiff in self defense."

Wilson says he was handcuffed while three officers showed up and "intentionally mishandled forensic evidence," including the planted gun.

He claims the police officers made up a bogus story for the arrest report.

Wilson undisclosed damages for physical injuries, emotional anxiety, fear, pain and suffering and monetary loss.

He sued the City of Chicago, its Board of Education, seven police officers and the school security guard, for excessive force, false arrest, violation of due process and conspiracy

He is represented in Cook County Court by David Lipschultz with Gregory E. Kulis & Associates.

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