Chicago cops to pay over $2.9 million to woman shot in the face during police raid

Mourners attend a public memorial for Hadiya Pendleton on February 14, 2013, at North Park University High School in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) In what is believed to be the largest paid settlement of…

Chicago cops to pay over $2.9 million to woman shot in the face during police raid

Mourners attend a public memorial for Hadiya Pendleton on February 14, 2013, at North Park University High School in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

In what is believed to be the largest paid settlement of its kind in Chicago police history, the city of Chicago is expected to pay nearly $2.9 million to a Chicago woman who was shot in the face by a police officer, her lawyer confirmed.

According to Reuters, according to a settlement agreement that was previously seen by Reuters, a jury will award Alina Taccone $2.875 million for shooting her in the face by officer Ryan Pierro during a 2009 raid in which seven other people were killed. All seven involved were wrongfully accused of selling the same drug in Cook County, a widespread and well-documented practice of police misconduct.

Taccone was the eighth person killed, the first of whom, Derrion Albert, was shot the day after he was killed. Albert’s death spurred the broad coalition known as Occupy Chicago to assemble on the city’s financial district and inspired the campaign “Don’t Shoot” that intercut popular musicians’ lyrics with videos about police brutality.

Officers concluded that Pierro had acted lawfully when he shot Taccone in the face after her voice was mistaken for that of the person she was looking for, an 18-year-old man. “I was praying, I was hoping that it wasn’t meant for me,” Taccone told CBS Chicago.

City officials declined to comment on whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel would pay the settlement to avoid a trial.

Read the full story at Reuters.

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