Constitutional Law

Chicago Committee OKs $5.375M Police Torture Case Settlement; Ex-Mayor Daley May Not Have to Testify

A Chicago city council finance committee Monday recommended that members OK a $5.375 million settlement to conclude a case of claimed police torture.

If approved on Wednesday by the full city council, it will be paid to Michael Tillman. He served well over 20 years for a rape and murder that the chief judge of Cook County’s criminal courts eventually concluded he did not commit. Tillman says he was tortured into confessing by officers supervised by former Police Cmdr. John Burge, according to the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

The committee also recommended another settlement of $1.8 million to David Fauntleroy. Murder charges against him concerning a 1983 double slaying were dismissed in 2009.

The settlement in the Tillman case, if approved, would mean that former Mayor Richard Daley will not have to give a scheduled deposition. He was the Cook County state’s attorney at the time the criminal case was pursued against Tillman.

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