Chicago to Pay $32 Million Settlement in Police Misconduct Claims
The Chicago City Council today unanimously approved payments of $32 million to pay two claims of police misconduct.
A mentally ill woman, Christina Eilman, will get $22.5 million.
Christina Eilman now suffers severe brain damage after police ignored pleas for help from her out-of-town family and turned the mentally ill woman lose in one of Chicago's most crime-ridden neighborhoods. She was raped and either fell or was pushed out of a seventh floor window.
Alton Logan will get $10.2 million for the 26 years he spent in prison for a crime he didn't commit. did not commit. [More...]
Cases relating to police misconduct under [now-convicted former Area 2 Commander Jon] Burge alone have cost the city $63 million. In the last decade, the city spent $82.5 million defending officers against misconduct charges.
More cases are pending:
With having so many Burge cases at our throats, it makes it very difficult to even predict a regular number," Austin said.
Between the years of 1972 and 1991, approximately 135 African-American men and women were arrested and tortured at the hands of former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and officers under his command at Area 2 police headquarters. Some of these victims were as young as thirteen years old. Various court cases have established that the methods of torture used in the interrogation of suspects included electric shock to the ears and genitalia, mock executions, suffocation, and burning. While Jon Burge was ultimately fired by the Chicago Police Department, not a single perpetrator of the tortures has ever been criminally prosecuted.
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