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Chicago to pay millions to victims

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Chicago to pay millions to victims

12.13.11 12:53 PM

CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The city of Chicago says it will give nearly $4 million to compensate victims of police wrongdoing under several settlements approved by city aldermen.

The need to compensate victims, including families of two people who died in police custody after their pleas for medical help were ignored, because of improper action by police and jail staff angered some aldermen, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

"If this is indicative of a pattern of conduct, then there has to be in-service training for officers and civilian aides assigned to these detention facilities or the Red Cross or some independent agency needs to be brought in to make periodic evaluations," said Alderman Edward Burke, chairman of the council's Finance Committee.

Alderman Richard Mell lamented the incidents, as well.

"... Isn't it just common sense that somebody would check on somebody on a cell than let it go for that long? It's unconscionable," Mell said, referring to the case of 46-year-old Patricia Cobige, charged with heroin possession in 2006.

Cobige died at the Grand Central District station lockup after police ignored her six pleas for pain treatment for a heart condition, the Sun-Times said.

Her family will receive a $2.02 million settlement.

Other settlements went to the family of another man who died in his cell in police custody, to a 26-year-old quadriplegic allegedly beaten by police, and to an Iraq War veteran who spent two months in jail and lost out on a state job after being arrested for an armed robbery he did not commit, the newspaper reported.

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