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Chicago Taxpayers Spent $280M to Resolve Police Misconduct Lawsuits from 2019 to 2023: Analysis

July 31, 2023

Chicago taxpayers spent $280 million to resolve lawsuits alleging Chicago police officers committed a wide range of misconduct — including false arrest and excessive force — from spring 2019 to spring 2023, according to an analysis of city data by WTTW News.

Between May 2019, when former Mayor Lori Lightfoot replaced former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and May 2023, when Mayor Brandon Johnson took office, the city spent an average of $70.2 million annually to resolve more than 500 lawsuits alleging police misconduct, according to WTTW News’ data analysis.

Read more of Heather Cherone's reporting on the analysis in WTTW.

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