Man Fatally Shot by Off-Duty  Chicago Police Officers

On November 5th, 2016, in the early afternoon, Joshua Beal, his girl-friend Ashley Phifer, and other members of a funeral procession were leaving a funeral for Mr. Beal’s cousin at a cemetery in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood to visit an extremely ill relative at a hospital, when a ...

Record $28 Million Verdict

Jury Award Paralyzed Man $28 Million – Most ever in Chicago Cop Case  October 26, 1999  By: Matt O’Connor and Lola Smallwood            Chicago Tribune With surprising swiftness, a federal jury on Monday awarded $28 million to the family of a man who suffered a paralyzing injury in an alleged ...

12 lawsuits in one day against Blue Island

12 suits filed against Blue Island in wake of immigrant’s death  By: Marcus K. Garner and Chris Hack           Daily Southtown  Twelve lawsuits alleging police beatings, false arrests and malicious prosecutions by Blue Island police were filed Thursday in federal court.  “What we really want to ...

$1.8 million settlement for man who died in police vehicle

City seeks to settle death in squadrol  Man’s survivors to get $1.8 million  By: Gary Washburn            Chicago Tribune  December 3, 2002  The city would pay $1.8 million to the survivors of an inebriated man who suffocated in a police squadrol after it took two hours to get him to a […]

Horwitz litigates on behalf of CPS students

Chicago Public Schools Students Sue for Bathroom Breaks  By: Ravi Baichwal         ABC7 Chicago  August 9, 2007    The parents of two students expelled from an elementary school on Chicago’s South Side have filed a class-action lawsuit.  They are suing Chicago Public Schools, administrators and ...

750K settlement for man beaten up in jail

Maywood to pay $750,000 over ‘04 attack on arrestee  By: Brett McNeil          Chicago Tribune  January 13, 2006  A 22-year-old man who was allegedly attacked and forced to strip naked inside the Maywood Police Department lockup will receive a $750,000 out-of-court settlement to drop a lawsuit ...

11 family members sue corrupt cops – settle for $700,000

Family Abused by Police Settle for $700,000  By: Anthony Ponce and Ally Clark   February 4, 2012  The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a 2006 lawsuit filed by a South Side family alleging abuse and extortion from rouge police officers.  “We were constantly in fear. Every ...

Rolling Meadows government sued over illegal barricades

Rolling Meadows, police sued over apartment barricades   By: Kristen Kridel          Chicago Tribune  June 17, 2008  The owners of a Rolling Meadows apartment complex filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging that their civil rights are being violated by a police decision to block off most ...

Police falsely claim that quadriplegic punched officer

How Could Quadriplegic Punch a Cop?  By: Frank Main          The Chicago Sun-Times  July 25, 2008  Man claims police ‘were kicking me and punching me,’ even though he kept yelling, ‘I’m paralyzed’  A quadriplegic man sued the Chicago Police Department in federal court Thursday, claiming ...

Horwitz successful on appeal in civil rights case

By Jordyn Reiland        Chicago Daily Law Bulletin A woman who claimed Zion police officers used excessive force during a 2014 arrest was denied a fair trial when she was not allowed to show evidence of a past police encounter, a federal appeals panel ruled. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of ...