Chicago to pay $3M in man's CTA platform death

March 4, 2011 2:38:52 PM PST
The City Council's finance committee recommended approval of a $3 million settlement Friday in the 2003 shooting death of Michael Pleasance.

He was unarmed when he was shot to death by Chicago police officer Alvin Weems at the CTA station at 95th and the Dan Ryan.

The incident was captured by CTA security video.

At the time, the Office of Professional Standards recommended that Weems be fired. But, then-police superintendent Phil Cline reduced the penalty to a 30-day suspension before promoting Weems to detective.

Alderman Freddrenna Lyle, 6th Ward, hopes nothing like this ever happens again.

"We want to believe that it has changed. These are some of the issues we're certainly gonna discuss with whoever the new police superintendent is to make sure that this is not something that we're talking about four years from now, two years from now, 30 days from now," Lyle said.

A jury originally awarded pleasance's family $12. 5 million, but a judge overturned that award.