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They were mistreated and neglected by Chicago police – men and women sometimes held for days, and denied food and bathroom breaks. Now the city of Chicago will pay. CBS 2's Kristyn Hartman spoke with one of the victims
Flashback to 2003. She says police arrested her and put her in an interview room. She stayed there some 36 hours
Attorney Mike Kanovitz explained the room: "There's nothing in this room but a hard floor, a bench, and hooks that they shackled people to."
Imperial says she was shackled. Bathroom privileges were very limited
"I had to, like, beat on the door...just to get to use the restroom," she said.
She says didn't get a phone call, and got just a hot dog and fries to eat during what amounted to a roughly two-day stay.
Law firm Loevy & Loevy charged police used inhumane conditions like those to get false confessions from people.
The lawsuit claimed Chicago Police arrested people without warrants, shackled them to the wall or metal benches, fed them infrequently and held them without bathroom breaks and gave them no bedding.
Corporation Counsel Mara Georges said $15 million of the settlement would be paid by Chicago taxpayers. The remaining $1.5 million will come from the city's insurance policy against catastrophic legal settlements.
However, Mara Georges, an attorney for the city of Chicago, said police can become afraid and face difficult decisions when "they think they've got the guilty party in custody."
I would like to know why there was no criminal complaints brought.
Originally posted by chise61
This is inexcusable that we have been left to foot the bill for their bad behavior. Maybe if they had to pay for their mistakes themselves they would be less likely to do this type of thing in the future. I think the police should have to pay that settlement themselves. Take so much out of their pay, take money out off whatever special funds they have, hey take it out of their retirement funds, whatever it takes so that we aren't left holding the bag. Better yet if Daley can't get his police department under control maybe he should foot the bill.
Believe me, I know. I grew up in the Chicago burbs, and lived in Wrigleyville for quite a few years, and really, the police treated me pretty well there.
I was forever and a day getting bomb threats on my car from the FALN, and the police would come over, inspect my car, and start it for me. It got to be a regular happening, actually. They knew I'd have a hot cup of coffee waiting for them when they showed up!
To address the bedding complaint, the Police Department is securing thicker versions of a yoga mat to soften the benches in police lock-ups.
Originally posted by chise61
Also this thread is about the way that the CPD handles people in their custody, not the way they treat people when they are responding to a call for help. I'm sure that you can understand that the police may possibly treat people in their custody with animosity and not give the same treatment to a person who has received a bomb threat.
How about, avoid staying out of jail? Nobody likes the way they are treated in jail, jail is what it is, jail. It is not there to be like a stay at the Hilton, or a spa. You are also speaking about a huge metropolitan area that has a lot of crime.
She didn't confess to anything. Ultimately, she was found not guilty.