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Man shot by Chicago Officer now permanently disabled and in court Photo by Getty Images / Scott Olson
Photo by Getty Images / Scott Olson

Michael LaPorta was left permanently disabled after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, January 12th in 2010.

The bullet that severely injured LaPorta came from Chicago Police Officer Patrick Kelly’s service weapon, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A lawyer representing LaPorta?s family says there is ?overwhelming evidence? that Kelly?who was a close friend of LaPorta?shot him. The lawyer is claiming Chicago police is attempting to protect one of their own.

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In court on Tuesday during testimony in the family’s lawsuit against the city, a lawyer for the city – Elieen Rosen – pointed to a video of Kelly handcuffed in a police interview room in the hours after LaPorta’s shootings, telling jurors, “That’s not special treatment.”

Rosen also said LaPorta’s family will not be able to overcome a vital question in the trial, which is whether or not Kelly did, in fact, pull the trigger.

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?They cannot prove that Kelly shot LaPorta,? the Sun-Times notes Rosen said.

In the report notes, it is said that a jury is considering whether the city failed to control Kelly, who has a peppered history of violence and was described in court as a ?loose-cannon, ticking-time-bomb police officer.?

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