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Carrie Austin

Chicago panel recommends $6.4M for 2 police custody deaths

A City Council panel recommended Monday that Chicago pay $6.45 million to families of two men who died in police custody — one after he was dragged from a jail cell and shot with a stun gun and the other who had a fatal asthma attack after officers allegedly refused to let him use his inhaler.

In a hearing, the council's finance committee voted to settle the two lawsuits after a recitation of the facts by the city's top attorney that included allegations that officers ignored the pleas of the parents of one of the men and taunted the other man shortly before he died.

Members of the council, who have watched the city pay out more than $660 million in police misconduct...

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