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Chicago's bills for police misconduct cases climb

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – The Chicago City Council has approved settlements in lawsuits against police for nearly $7 million

The city of Chicago has exceeded the $27 million that it set aside for the year to pay to settle lawsuits against the police department. The latest settlements of three cases – the largest for $4.5 million – was approved this week.

The settlements follow far larger payouts in January. One was for $22.5 million to a woman who was raped and severely injured after she was released from police custody despite her obvious mental problems.

The city says going over the $27 million set aside for 2013 means that bond money will be used to cover future settlements.

Two federal lawsuits were filed this week alleging police misconduct.

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