CHICAGO (WLS) -- A social justice organization dropped its second "Dear Brandon" video online, urging Chicago to stop spending hundreds of millions of dollars pursuing people already cleared in criminal cases.
Please note: The above video is from an earlier report
The Truth Hope & Justice Initiative is leading this civil rights and government fiscal responsibility campaign. On Monday, they released a new video featuring Jacques Rivera.
Rivera spent 21 years in prison before being exonerated for the murder of a 16-year-old on Chicago's West Side. The sole witness eventually recanted.
A Cook County judge granted him a certificate of innocence in 2012, and then he sued the city. Six years later, a jury awarded Rivera $17 million. Rivera told the I-Team earlier this year that he asked the city's lead attorney, who worked for an outside firm, why they fight cases like his.
"He said the city's paying us anyways, to fight them. So, that's what we're going to do," said Rivera.
The "Dear Brandon" campaign will continue to feature individuals wrongfully convicted, and mothers who have lost their sons to unjustified police shootings in Chicago, placing public pressure on the mayor to stop spending hundreds of millions of dollars fighting suits against Chicago by wrongfully convicted people who have certificates of innocence, which are granted by a judge.
Mayor Brandon Johnson has yet to respond to our interview requests regarding the new campaign.