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Chicago to spend $2.5 million to settle 2 lawsuits

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago will spend $2.5 million to settle lawsuits filed over the deaths of two young people because of alleged police wrongdoing.

A $1.3 million settlement would go to the family of Tevin Jones-Rogers, 18, who died during an April 2017 police pursuit.

Officers were responding to a call of shots fired sand began pursuing a car that had been reported stolen, ran a red light and struck Jones-Roger’s car, sending it into a third car. Jones-Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second settlement, for $1.2 million, would go to the family of 24-year-old Heriberto Godinez, who died in police custody in July 2015.

Godinez had been arrested while burglarizing a garage. Police dashcam footage showed Godinez flailing on the pavement in an alley with his hands restrained behind his back. The footage showed him trying to move away from a car, and an officer puts a foot on his neck for about two seconds.

Paramedics later found Godinez unresponsive in the back of a police van. The Cook County medical examiner’s office concluded Godinez died of cocaine and alcohol poisoning with physical stress from his restraints listed as “a significant contributing factor.”

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