Jury award $1 million to man wrongly jailed

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A man who was wrongly held in jail for more than a year was awarded $1 million from a jury in Cook County.

John Collins is now 42-years-old. He was arrested in 2006 for aggravated battery to a police officer.

During his time in jail, he missed the birth of his first child.

Collins was awarded $100 thousand dollars for emotional distress and $900 thousand dollars for loss of a normal life.

The city of Chicago and Chicago Police officer  Officer Michael Garza were found guilty of malicious prosecution. A spokesman for the City’s law department said the city may appeal.

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  • Jim

    Chicago is full or garbage police that couldn't solve a second grade math problem with the teachers guide. This is part of the reason the city is broke the other reason politicians are stealing. Don't charge me high taxes if you are going to give the money away.

  • bill

    I'm happy this guy got this money for lost of his freedom. The money should come from the police retirement fund and not the taxpayers. The cop who caused this should be locked up for the same amount of time and see how it feels .

  • Ven

    Wow another one? And ppl are happy when black men are arrested, rather if they innocent or not. This is sad. I agree, but I think the police, prosecutors and judge should pay, not us. Or do like "Law Abiding Citzen".

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