A City Council committee OK’d three police misconduct settlements on Monday.
The full council is expected to approve payouts Wednesday. $44-million is a shocking number, but some believe police misconduct is costing the city a lot more than money.
A fatal shot to the head ended 22-year old Rekia Boyd’s life in March of 2012.
A Chicago police officer pulled the trigger; he claimed a man she was with had a gun. But no gun was ever found.
Now, the city is expected to pay $4.5 million to settle a lawsuit by the family.
Northwestern Law Professor Locke Bowman, who specializes in police misconduct including the bartender beating case, believes cases like Boyd’s cost the city money and lives.
Along with Boyd’s settlement, two others will be voted on; $1.8 million for man wrongfully convicted because of disgraced police commander John Burge, and half a million for woman in a car crash with an officer.
But all three are only a fraction of what the city has already paid in 2013.
Another Burge victim, Alton Logan, received $10.2 million in January for spending 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
The family of Flint Farmer, received $4.1 million in February for a police involved fatal shooting.
The biggest, $22.5 million went to the family of Christina Eilman in February.
In 2006, 21-year-old Eilman was kidnapped, raped and thrown from a window of a building leaving her with permanent brain damage.
All this happened after police arrested her and then released the mentally ill woman in a dangerous South Side neighborhood.
Police superintendent Garry McCarthy declined to comment on the Boyd case because it’s still under investigation.
But the potential $44-million in settlements had taxpayers talking.
Chicago Police Union President, Mike Shields, says the big money settlements don’t tell the whole story.
The police union president added he doesn’t believe the actions of John Burge and of criminals in the Eilman case should be held against the today’s police department.
The officer in the Rekia Boyd case is still on the CPD.
No charges have been filed, but the Cook County state’s attorney’s office says it is reviewing the case.