(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A Chicago City Council committee is recommending more than $16 million in financial settlements involving two cases of alleged police misconduct.
The Finance Committee on Thursday unanimously approved giving $14.25 million to Daniel Taylor. He spent 20 years in prison for a murder he could not have committed because he was in jail for disorderly conduct at the time of the crime.
He says police hid that fact and beat a confession out of him.
Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) asked administration officials why the city fought so long when a court gave Taylor a Certificate of Innocence. Deputy Corporation Counsel Jessica Felker would not say publicly, suggesting they later talk offline.
In the other case, the city will award $1.9 million to the family of an unarmed man killed by an off-duty Chicago police officer during an argument. The ex-cop was sentenced to 10 years for the killing.
The settlements will go before the full council next week.