Following a two-week jury trial, a Cook County jury returned a verdict for $1,000,000.00 for John Collins.
In the John Collins case, Jackowiak Law Offices sued the City of Chicago and two police officers who arrested him. In January 2006 John was arrested for drinking on the public way, a petty offense. When John protested his arrest on the way to the station, the police stopped the car and started beating on John. One of the officers falsely claimed that John battered him and charged him with felony battery to a police officer.
At the criminal trial, John was represented by attorney Lawrence Jackowiak and a jury found him not guilty. Jackowiak Law Offices then filed a lawsuit for malicious prosecution alleging that the criminal battery charges were false.
John was unable to post his bond and sat in jail for 385 waiting for trial on the criminal charges. During this time, John missed the birth of his first child. After numerous delays, John finally had his day in court to hold the Chicago police responsible for the false charges. After a two-week jury trial, a jury returned a verdict against the police and awarded John $1,000,000.00.
The verdict received extensive media coverage and was the lead story on every local news channel the day of the verdict. At the civil trial, John was represented by attorneys Lawrence Jackowiak, Amanda Yarusso and Sara Garber. If you have a police misconduct case, feel free to contact the Chicago civil rights attorneys at Jackowiak Law Offices for a free consultation.