Pay $20.5M to 2 Men Who Spent 23 Years in Prison for Murder They Didn’t Commit, Aldermen Agree

Armando Serrano and Jose Montanez, who were released in 2016 after serving 23 years in prison for the murder of Rodrigo Vargas, would each get $10.25 million if the settlement is approved by the City Council on Tuesday.

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scabbyslashmix
scabbyslashmix
156 · 11 days ago · Reddit

Title is kind of underselling this, a cop beat a witness until they agreed to falsely testify against these two

"Serrano and Montanez were freed after a man who testified at their trial that he’d heard them confess to killing Vargas during an armed robbery recanted. The man said Reynaldo Guevara threatened and beat him until he agreed to testify against Serrano and Montanez.

An appellate court ruled that the main witness against Serrano and Montanez had been coerced into lying by Chicago Police officers. The city has already paid nearly $20 million to investigate, defend and settle misconduct allegations against Guevara, who retired from the police department in 2005 and until 2015 worked for the Chicago Park District, according to an investigation by the Better Government Association."

BetterUsername69420
BetterUsername69420
86 · 11 days ago · Reddit

"In 2021, the city budgeted approximately $80 million to cover the cost of settling police misconduct lawsuits. If approved on Tuesday, the settlement would amount to one-quarter of the city's annual budget."

We have a budget equal to a lower-cost blockbuster movie to cover shitty cops doing shitty things. I bet that money could go a lot further by updating infrastructure, funding our schools better, building low-income housing, expanding public transit in less-serviced neighborhoods, or any number of other community value-added activities, but instead it's available to cover the cost of crooked cops. How fucked.

UnPoquitoBanditoo
UnPoquitoBanditoo
36 · 11 days ago · Reddit

That's it? 23years is so long.. 10mil each is nothing compared.

NorthSideSoxFan
NorthSideSoxFan
28 · 11 days ago · Reddit

Yes, this is part of the cost of bad policing, yet the CPD unions and certain parties on this subreddit squawk when you bring up reforms

yankee-white
yankee-white
27 · 11 days ago · Reddit

We never have enough money for streets, parks, or education but yet somehow there is always enough to pay for bad police.

goingfullll
goingfullll
16 · 11 days ago · Reddit

Where are the people who were so concerned about the taxpayer money going to damages caused by protestors? Not keeping same energy?

genshinfantasy7
genshinfantasy7
10 · 11 days ago · Reddit

And people on this sub still defend the pigpen that is the CPD? Come on, guys.

Glad the victims are getting justice. That’s a long time in jail for a crime you never committed.

teddy_Gamm3ll
teddy_Gamm3ll
10 · 11 days ago · Reddit

Guevara has to be close to costing the city $70 million at this point with more probably on its way.

sameeker1
sameeker1
9 · 11 days ago · Reddit

That's half of the compensation. Now, the cops and prosecutors who were a part of it need to be in prison.

sameeker1
sameeker1
6 · 11 days ago · Reddit

Compensation should be a million for every year of false imprisonment. That should double if the prosecutor continues to keep someone in person just to keep from paying the money. The payment should be automatic, no lawyers, hearings, or lengthy proceedings. They also need to have provisions to make the cops, prosecutors, and everyone else involved in a false imprisonment go do the time that the inmate was originally sentenced.

thetripleb
thetripleb
5 · 11 days ago · Reddit

I always wonder what these settlements are taxed at. They SHOULD be tax free