Family: $22.5M police settlement 'bittersweet'
CHICAGO – The parents of a California woman who was raped and severely injured after Chicago police released her from custody in a troubled neighborhood despite her obvious mental illness said Thursday that a $22.5 million settlement with the city is a "bittersweet victory."
The settlement that will pay for Christina Eilman's extensive ongoing therapy is the largest in a police misconduct case in Chicago history. The City Council also signed off Thursday on a $10.25 million settlement in another police misconduct case in which a man spent 26 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. It was the largest award to come from the investigation into a notorious police unit that framed innocent black men in the 1970s and 1980s.
After the council's action, Christina Eilman's mother and stepfather, Kathleen and Richard Paine, released their first public statement in years about the case. They described how the events that culminated in their daughter falling or being thrown from a 7th-story window had devastated her life.
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