Chicago-The family of a homicide victim who was shot last year in Logan Square has filed a lawsuit against a nurse at the Southwest Side hospital, for posting inappropriate pictures on Twitter, while Mikal Johnson was clinging to life. The photos included scenes of the bloody emergency room where Johnson lay.
Mr. Johnson was shot in the chest on April 8, 2015, and was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in an ambulance. His mother, Aisha Bilal says there were several “degrading, dehumanizing and outrageous” tweets sent by one of the nurses while her 24-year-old son was struggling to survive.
One of the tweets included a picture of the room where her son was treated. The room was covered in blood.
A spokeswoman for the hospital refused to acknowledge the lawsuit saying a lawsuit had not been served yet.
Twitter deactivated the twitter account that had 2,000 followers but was not affiliated with Mount Sinai.
Johnson's name wasn't mentioned in the tweets, but his family says they were “were reasonably identifiable as referring to Mikal Johnson or his family.”
Johnson's mother is seeking over $100,000 in damages, for emotional distress and negligence.
Johnson was a running back for Rolling Meadows High School. He had nearly completed a degree in history at Columbia College.
On the night Johnson was shot he had an altercation with 24-year-old Joshua Rodriguez, who began firing shots from his weapon. Rodriguez was arrested and charged with the murder of Johnson five months later. He has pleaded not guilty.