Attorneys: Lawsuit to be filed against Elgin cop over deadly shooting

  • The attorneys for the family of Decynthia Clements of Elgin announced Tuesday they will file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. This photo shows attorneys Antonio Romanucci, left, and Andrew Stroth, right, and relatives of Clements at a news conference in March.

      The attorneys for the family of Decynthia Clements of Elgin announced Tuesday they will file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. This photo shows attorneys Antonio Romanucci, left, and Andrew Stroth, right, and relatives of Clements at a news conference in March. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin police video shows Decynthia Clements exiting her burning car seconds before being shot by Elgin police Sgt. Chris Jensen.

    Elgin police video shows Decynthia Clements exiting her burning car seconds before being shot by Elgin police Sgt. Chris Jensen.

  • Decynthia Clements, 34, of Elgin was shot and killed by police March 12. She is shown here in an old photo.

    Decynthia Clements, 34, of Elgin was shot and killed by police March 12. She is shown here in an old photo.

 
 

Lawyers representing the family of an Elgin woman fatally shot by police in March say they plan to file a federal lawsuit against the city Wednesday.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and Action Injury Law Group, LLC, who represent the family of Decynthia Clements, said in a news release late Tuesday that the federal civil rights lawsuit will name police Sgt. Christopher Jensen and the city of Elgin "for the unjustified and unconstitutional shooting death."

The attorneys did not indicate what damages or other remedies they'll be seeking through lawsuit.

Clements, 34, was shot March 12 after an hourlong standoff with officers on Interstate 90. Body camera footage showed Clements holding a knife when she exited her car and Jensen fired three shots.

The suit is expected to be filed Wednesday morning in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Attorneys will hold a news conference in Elgin afterward.

Elgin City Manager Rick Kozal wasn't immediately available for comment Tuesday.

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