Retailer Could Face Legal Trouble after Mother of Five Killed for Shoplifting

One week after a Chicago woman was shot inside a Walgreens, the company could be facing legal trouble. CBS 2’s Jim Williams spoke with experts who say the manager on duty that night made the wrong call.

“I’m trying. I’m trying. It hurts so bad,” said April Reed, who is trying to understand why her sister Sircie Varnado was shot to death at a Walgreens in Belmont Cragin Wednesday night. “He should have called the police,” said Varnado’s niece Lydia Foster.

Instead the Walgreens night manager, who suspected Varnado was shoplifting, called a friend, a former security guard. Witnesses said the man confronted Varnado, falsely identifying himself as a Chicago police officer.

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CBS 2 legal analyst Irv Miller said the Walgreens manager made the wrong call. “Frankly, a no brainer,” he said. “You see a shoplifter, and you don’t have security personnel employed by Walgreens on premises, you call 911, and you let the pros take over and do the right thing…” CBS2 Chicago

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