Jury awards $100,000 in cop drug-planting case

A federal jury has awarded a Chicago man $100,000 after deciding a lawsuit in his favor that alleged he was beaten by Chicago police who planted drugs on him.

In his lawsuit, Al Williams claimed members of the now-disbanded Special Operations Section arrested him in May 2007, struck him in the head and charged him with cocaine possession and resisting arrest.

After 40 days in Cook County Jail, Williams was released and later acquitted of the charges.

Attorney Brendan Shiller says the city rejected a $25,000 settlement offer and chose to go to trial.

Shiller says with Monday’s verdict, juries have twice believed Williams’ story.

via Jury awards $100,000 in cop drug-planting case – chicagotribune.com.