Since the 1970’s the City of Chicago has paid good money to private attorneys to represent the City and its police officers in the most egregious police misconduct cases, including paying over a million dollars to defend the City and Jon Burge in several police torture cases.
However, this pales in comparison to legal fees paid by the City in the last 10 years. The People’s Law Office calculates that the City has paid over $80 million dollars to private law firms since 2003 to defend police misconduct cases – money that could have gone towards the victims of police torture, brutality, false arrest, and false convictions.
Read the People’s Law Office Study of Payment Records here:
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