Sgt. Isaac Lambert has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department that his superiors pressured him to help cover up a Aug. 13, 2017 shooting of 18-year-old Ricardo Hayes, and retaliated against him when he refused to do so.
Hayes was shot twice and wounded by off-duty police Sgt. Khalil Muhammad, who told a 911 operator “the guy pulled, like he was about to pull a gun on me, walked up to the car and I had to shoot,” notes WBEZ.
In reality, Hayes was unarmed.
Muhammad claimed in his police report that Hayes as having an “unknown dark object” that Muhammad perceived to be a gun.
Lambert says a video of the shooting “reveals that the shooting was not justified and that [Hayes] never did anything to threaten Muhammad or give him any reason to shoot.”
Lambert claims that “efforts were made by high-ranking officials in the Chicago Police Department to mischaracterize the findings of the investigation and change some of the conclusions [in the report on the shooting].”
Lambert also stated in his lawsuit: “The effort was made to make the shooting of Ricardo Hayes by Khalil Muhammad appear to be justified, when in fact it was not.”
Lambert claims that he was removed from the detective division and placed in the patrol division for punishment for not participating in a cover up.
The Chicago Police Department refused to comment, citing the pending litigation.
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