Chicago Paying $16.5 Million To Suspects Mistreated By Cops


A federal judge approved a $16.5 million settlement between the city of Chicago and tens of thousands of people who say they were mistreated by police while being held as suspects in crimes, reports the Chicago Tribune. Lawyers representing plaintiffs in the class-action suit said that so far, about 58,000 people have submitted claims in hopes of collecting a share.

Based on how long they spent in jail and the conditions they faced, plaintiffs are eligible for awards of as much as $3,000 to as little as $90. Some people spent days in interrogation rooms without food, water, or sleep; others weren’t provided bedding or food during overnight stays in police jails, attorney Michael Kanovitz said.

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