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
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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.

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