Chicago Pays Woman Record $22.5 Million After Police Left Her In High Crime Area To Be Gang-Raped

Chicago Pays Woman Record $22.5 Million After Police Left Her In High Crime Area To Be Gang-Raped
World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

The city of Chicago has agreed to pay an unprecedented $22.5 million to a woman who was gang-raped and thrown 7 stories out of a building after police released her into a high crime area instead of taking her to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Christina Eilman was 21-years-old when the horrific incident occurred in 2006, as she suffered permanent brain damage from the fall and has needed constant medical care ever since.


Eilman, who is bipolar, suffered a mental breakdown on her flight from California, and was taken into police custody when she landed at Midway Airport.

After holding her for 29 hours, police released her into a high crime area instead of taking her to the hospital for a mental evaluation, despite her parents calling at least nine times to warn them about her mental health status.

Witnesses say Eilman was throwing herself against the bars of the jail cell, and the police even testified at a deposition hearing that she was visibly agitated and should’ve been hospitalized.

Eilman, a former UCLA student, was released in Chicago’s notoriously dangerous South Side, near a housing project where she was approached by a group of men who attacked her.

Eilman was wearing short shorts, a cutoff top and boots, and she was without her cellphone.

Eilman was raped at knifepoint by the men, and then she either fell or was pushed out of a seven-story window, causing severe brain damage she will never recover from.

“I’m embarrassed to think that a poor girl like this would have been so callously treated by members of the Chicago Police Department,” Alderman Edward Burke said.

Eilman’s family had been seeking as much as $100 million in damages for the pain and suffering Eilman will go through for the rest of her life, as well as to cover her endless supply of medical bills.

Marvin Powell, a known gang member, was convicted of abducting Eilman, but not of sexually assaulting her or pushing her out the window.

He served part of a 12-year sentence before being paroled last spring.

“As I sit here today, I’m both embarrassed and ashamed,” said Burke, who serves as the city’s Finance Committee Chairman.

“It is time to put this behind us — and we are trying diligently to put these cases behind us,” city lawyer Stephen Patton said today.

“But, we have to be very dilligent for the next type of misconduct, for the next type of practice that could lead to exposure.”

This is part of Chicago’s cleaning up of the corruption within the city’s police department and government in order to regain control of the out of control city.

“We are trying to be on the top of the next [type of misconduct] And hopefully, nothing will be as egregious as Burge,” Patton said at the alderman hearing.

James Gilbert | Elite.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

James Gilbert

World news writer James Gilbert is one of the oldest on the Elite Daily writing staff, as he is a borderline Gen Y member. Being considered the dinosaur of the group, he is constantly asked about historical time periods he did not actually live through. All and all, James Gilbert brings that dynamic and balance to the team, rounding out Elite Daily’s Voltron (or that thing the Power Rangers formed for you young whippersnappers.)

More In World

World Emily Arata

Racial Profiling Experiment Shows How Cops Treat People Differently (Video)

When YouTubers Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar began filming their latest video in their “cultural clothing,” they noticed police were nearly always close by. So, the pair filmed something of a social experiment. Dressed in Western clothing, they argued in front of a police officer, who didn’t react. But, when one wore a headscarf and robe, […]

World Emily Arata

Man Gets Caught With Five Wives, Seven Fiancées And Five Girlfriends

Sonko Tijan once joked that Austrians couldn’t tell black men apart. He was proven wrong after a little social media research led investigators to his five wives, seven fiancées and at least five girlfriends, none of whom were aware of one another. The 28-year-old, originally from Gambia, was caught in his own web of lies […]

Also On Elite

World

Guy In Alaska Discovers How Cool Skipping Rocks On Frozen Water Sounds (Video)

YouTube user DudeLikeHELLA (real name, Cory Williams) documents his life in Alaska and shares the videos he takes online in a series called “Living in Alaska.” Two days ago, he uploaded the 43rd installment in the series to his channel, which depicts the outdoorsy dude skipping rocks on a frozen lake. The video is called […]

Humor

You’ll Never Go In A Garage Again After This Chainsaw Massacre Prank (Video)

VitalyzdTv, one of YouTube’s leading prank channels, shared a video yesterday of what is probably its best and most convincing prank yet: the chainsaw massacre. In honor of Halloween’s upcoming arrival, we’re spreading the fear. The prank is set in a parking garage with a chainsaw “murderer” and his victim, who in some scenes is […]

Envision

Paralyzed Artist Holds Paintbrush With Her Mouth To Create Masterpieces

In the wise words of Kanye: That which doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger. OK, so maybe Kanye didn’t make that one up. But that’s beside the point. Life is full of proverbial bumps in the road — some small, some life-altering. But humans are resilient. It’s true that what doesn’t kill us […]