NOVEMBER 05, 2007
Nos. 1-06-0731; 1-06-2839 ( Cons.)
SHEILA LUSS, Special Administrator of the ) Appeal from the
Estate of Carl D. Luss, Jr., deceased, ) Circuit Court of
) Cook County.
v. ) No. 02 L 064038
THEVILLAGE OF FOREST PARK, )
LUCIUS BAKER, WAL-MART STORES )
EAST, INC., MARTIN MOY and ) Honorable
WAL-MART LOSS PREVENTION ) Donald J. Suriano,
EMPLOYEE JOHN DOE, ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE ROBERT E. GORDON delivered the opinion of the court:
Plaintiff Sheila Luss is the special administrator of her deceased brother’s estate and the
caregiver of her 11-year-old nephew. Plaintiff brought this suit after her brother hanged himself
in a detention cell in a police station in the Village of Forest Park, Illinois, shortly after he had
been arrested for shoplifting at a Wal-Mart’s store in Forest Park.
Reginald Young, the Wal-Mart security guard primarily responsible for apprehending
Luss, died in an unrelated accident four months after Luss’s arrest. Defendant Lucius Baker, the
police officer responsible for monitoring Luss in his cell, was terminated from the police
department six months after Luss’s arrest for unrelated misconduct.
The defendants are: police officer Lucius Baker; theVillage of Forest Park, the employer