Man Awarded $1 Million After Being Held Under False Charges
Jurors in Chicago awarded $1 million to man that was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to prison for more than a year.
John Collins was arrested on charges of aggravated battery to a police officer in 2006.
From NBC Chicago:
After a three-day trial, a jury found the city of Chicago and Chicago police Officer Michael Garza guilty of malicious prosecution. “I felt like a right in the pool of wrong,” Collins said of his time in jail. “I didn’t want to swim in that pool no more, but I didn’t want to drown either. So I kept fighting.” When officers pulled Collins over in 2006, [the barber] had just left his salon. One officer accused him of kicking and spitting on them, but a jury acquitted Collins and he was released from Cook County in 2007.
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Due to the error, Collins missed the birth of his son Elwood who is now 7.
A spokesman for the city’s Law Department said they are “disappointed” in the verdict in the case. The department plans to “explore all available options including an appeal.”
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