CHICAGO (WLS) — A CTA employee has been charged after a man was found beaten on the steps of the downtown Blue Line and later died Sunday, Chicago police said.
Just after 4:00 a.m. Sunday, a 54-year-old man was found unconscious on a landing on the 100 Loop West Congress Parkway block, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Hospital and pronounced dead.
CTA employee Emmett Richardson, 39, has been charged with felony aggravated transit passenger battery, among other counts, in connection with the man's death.
CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr. released a statement, saying Richardson had been terminated from the service without pay.
Carter's full statement:
“The actions of this CTA employee are absolutely reprehensible. I am appalled by the behavior of this person, which is not only completely against CTA policy but also shows an astonishing lack of humanity.
His actions are an insult to the thousands of hard-working and dedicated men and women who serve CTA's customers every day.
The employee has been terminated from service without pay pending further investigation and disciplinary action.
CTA also continues to work closely with the Chicago Police as they continue to investigate this incident.”
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