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(Chicago Sun Times) — Christopher Ries thought he’d finally won.  A jury awarded him $4 million for neck and back injuries he suffered after he was hit by a stolen Chicago Police squad car in 2002. Jurors faulted the police for leaving the suspect alone in the back of the squad with the keys in the ignition — and for then chasing the suspect.  But the city appealed, claiming the officers should receive immunity. And last month, the city won in the Illinois Supreme Court, canceling out Ries’ award.  Chicago is getting more aggressive in fighting lawsuits against police officers — a strategy that’s winning approval from the rank-and-file who believe the city settled too easily in the past.  But some plaintiffs and their attorneys complain the city is going too far.  “For the average citizen this is a very scary situation,” said Ries’ attorney, Scott Rudin. “It’s a guilty verdict and there’s no recourse for this guy. This is something where the city should have stood up and said, ‘You know what? We’re wrong.’ ”

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