Harvey settles suit over untested rape evidence kits

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HARVEY, Ill. — Seven rape victims will share over $1.5 million in damages after the City of Harvey admitted mishandling their rape evidence kits and those of 200 other women.

Normally, those kits are sent to the State Police Crime Lab, where DNA testing often leads to criminal charges against the accused rapists.

But a raid in 2007 found the kits at the Harvey police station, all untested — one of them for 10 years.

As part of its settlement, Harvey agrees to properly train its police officers on how to handle the kits.