Chicago’s $2M lawsuit settlement keeps Emanuel off stand

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CHICAGO — The city of Chicago has settled a police whistleblower lawsuit that could have meant testimony from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had it gone to trial.

A federal judge announced the $2 million settlement Tuesday, the same day the trial was to begin. Attorneys for the city previously told a federal judge they were prepared to admit to a jury that a code of silence exists in the Chicago Police Department in an attempt to keep Mayor Rahm Emanuel off the witness stand.

But the judge denied the city’s request, saying Emanuel needed to testify.

The lawsuit was brought by two officers who say the department retaliated against them for cooperating with the FBI in an investigation into a narcotics team that was demanding protection money from drug dealers.