Committee approves $3 million for family of unarmed man shot by cop

March 4, 2011

A Chicago City Council committee Friday agreed to pay $3 million to the family of an unarmed man who was killed by a Chicago police officer.

Eight years ago, 23-year-old Michael Pleasance was shot and killed by an officer at the 95th Street Red Line "L" stop. The officer filed a police report saying there was a scuffle, but the shooting was caught on video camera showing Pleasance was not involved. The police department disciplined the officer with a 30-day suspension.

Ald. Fredrenna Lyle said the city should review its policies for officer discipline.

"It just really confirms the distrust that people have in our communities regarding police relations and we don't need that," Lyle said.

The settlement still needs approval from the full City Council.