Chicago moves to settle suits against police for $32M

January 15, 2013

The Associated Press

A Chicago City Council committee has approved settling a pair of lawsuits against police for more than $32 million.

City attorneys say one of the sums, $10.25 million, would be the largest settlement so far involving former police Lt. John Burge. That money would go to Alton Logan, who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. The rest of the money, $22.5 million, would go to a California woman. Police arrested Christina Eilman in 2006 and held her overnight before releasing her into a high-crime area of Chicago. Eilman was abducted, sexually assaulted and fell from a public housing building, which left her severely injured.

The committee approved the sums on Tuesday. The full Chicago City Council will consider them on Thursday.

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