Chicago police sued by dead man's family

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A federal lawsuit filed last week against Chicago police alleges officers wrongly shot a West Humboldt Park man suspected of wielding a gun.

The lawsuit, filed by the firm Loevy & Loevy on behalf of the suspect's family, says Pedro Gonzalez III, 21, was unarmed when police shot him multiple times in the back June 15. Three officers on patrol saw Gonzalez had a gun in his waistband near Kolin Avenue and Hirsch Street, officials have said, prompting two of the officers to chase him on foot.

Gonzalez pulled out a gun and officers fired at him, fatally striking Gonzalez, police said.

The suit says witnesses were pressured "to falsely claim that Mr. Gonzalez was carrying a weapon."

The suit names as defendants six officers, other unidentified officers and the city.

Neither a Chicago police spokeswoman nor a spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority would comment on the suit.

The city's Law Department did not return a call for comment.