Did Chicago Police Indifference Lead to Bipolar Woman’s Injuries?


The Chicago Tribune reports that the case of a California bipolar woman, Christina Eilman, who was seriously injured in a fall after she was arrested and then released by Chicago police in May has raised questions about how officers responded — and whether a different course of police action might have kept her safe.

Eilman was arrested after a disturbance at an airport and was later released by police despite erratic behavior, protestations that she was ill and repeated emergency phone calls from her mother in California. A short time later, she was injured when she plunged from a seventh floor window in one of the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. She remains on life support and her parents have filed suit against the city.

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0608270351aug27,1,998861.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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