Cooper Death Investigation

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

On Feb. 5, a 26-year-old man was shot and killed by a Rockford police officer during a confrontation police say he was loitering and harassing customers inside the Hilander at North Main and Riverside, he then ran across the street, where officer Richard Devlieger caught up with him, Donald Cooper intimated that he had a weapon, and police say he got into a shooting stance. That's when Devlieger fired, police say, in self defense.
Donald coopers' attorneys and family held a news conference on Monday to discuss the lawsuit that will be filed on Tuesday in Winnebago County.

On Monday, Bob Fioretti, along with 2 other Chicago attorneys, discussed the filing of a discovery lawsuit. The lawsuit is seeking documents and information from 6 entities involved in the investigation including the Rockford police department and Kroger foods--the owner of Hilander. The attorney's are also demanding a 3rd party investigation.

Donald's father, James, says he brought his son to Rockford a week before his death Donald wanted to get help for his alcohol problem at Jack Clark's home a rehab center. James and Donald's mother Carolyn, spoke passionately about their son's love of family, sports and life.

Coopers' attorney's say they're mind-boggled as to why the police department would release cooper's rap sheet the day after the shooting.

The police department says it has no comment at this time as the investigation is continuing.

The information coopers' attorneys receive out of the discovery lawsuit could lead to a wrongful death or a federal civil rights violation lawsuit.


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