Chicago police union official blasts $31 million wrongful conviction settlement as part of ‘cottage industry’

A Chicago police union official on Monday blasted a $31 million settlement for four African-American men whose convictions got overturned in an Englewood murder, calling the wrongful conviction movement “a cottage industry” that uses taxpayers as a blank check in pricey settlements.

Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Martin Preib spoke during the public comment portion of the City Council Finance Committee meeting, where aldermen approved the money for the four men who each spent...

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