Sixteen months after cops killed Joshua Beal, still no ruling on whether shooting was justified

Neither of the off-duty officers involved in the shooting or the dispute that preceded it were in full uniform, as police have claimed. By: Maya Dukmasova              Chicago Reader   Sixteen months ago off-duty Chicago police officer Joseph Treacy and police sergeant Thomas Derouin shot ...

Kane County paying $50K to settle asset forfeiture lawsuit involving sheriff candidate

By: Hannah Leone               Chicago Tribune   Kane County is paying $50,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by three people in a car improperly detained by a Kane County sergeant who’s running for sheriff. An Illinois appeals court ruled in October that Kane County Sgt. Ronald ...

Family sues city of Yorkville after video reveals police taunting man

by: Megan Jones                           The Chicago Tribune   Yorkville woman and her 45-year-old son are suing the city of Yorkville and two of its police department employees after an officer urged the man who was choking himself to “finish yourself off.” The lawsuit was […]

Medical care suit against CPD still on

by: Patricia Manson                 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin January 16, 2019   A man who alleges Chicago police denied his repeated requests for medical care after he was arrested in a “road rage” incident got the go-ahead to pursue a Fourth Amendment claim. In a written ...

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 ...

$180K settlement for police brutality

$180,000 settlement for police brutality  By: Nicholas Alajakis           Lake County News-Sun  August 16, 2007  A former Waukegan man has settled an excessive force lawsuit against city police officers.  The city of Waukegan agreed to pay Roy Castillo $180,000 last week, stemming from an April ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...