Council OKs $4.95M settlement in police use of Taser on mentally ill man

April 13, 2016

“Before Philip Coleman was held at a South Side police station in December 2012, his father had “begged” officers to take him to a hospital, not the lockup, but police refused that request, said Ald. Edward Burke, 14th. A commanding officer at the scene told the family that “he doesn’t do hospitals, he does jails,” Burke said before the council approved a $4.95 million settlement with Coleman’s parents.

Police used a Taser on Coleman, a 38-year-old University of Chicago graduate, in his jail cell after he refused to cooperate with officers trying to take him to court. Police then dragged an unconscious Coleman from a cell while handcuffed, with both the Taser use and dragging captured on a lockup video that the city later released.”


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