Committee recommends city settle jail lawsuit

May 10, 2010 4:28:52 PM PDT
A Chicago City Council committee is recommending the city pay more than $16 million to settle a class action lawsuit first filed in 2004.

It involves accusations that police officers either held people too long in jail or otherwise improperly treated them over 10 years.

If approved by the full council, more than 500,000 people would be eligible to seek payments. Those payments would range between $90 and $3,000.

Before this settlement, plaintiff demands had swelled to more than $100 million.


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