Chicago May Pay More Than $30 Million in Two Police Misconduct Cases

One about a woman abandoned in a high-crime area and subsequently raped; the other about a man who served 26 years for a crime he didn't commit


Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office is seeking to settle two notorious cases of alleged police misconduct for more than $30 million, according to an agenda prepared for City Council consideration this week.

The city is prepared to pay $22.5 million to the family of a severely injured California woman who alleged in a six-year-old lawsuit that negligence by the Chicago Police Department led to officers abandoning her in a high-crime neighborhood where she was raped and plummeted from a seventh-floor window. Her lawsuit is scheduled for trial in federal court next week.

The proposed settlement is noted on the agenda for Tuesday's City Council Finance Committee meeting.

(Hat tip to reader Ryan Compaan)