05/13/2010 10:32 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

City Settles Class-Action Police Torture Lawsuit; Up To 500,000 Could Receive Payouts

The Chicago City Council today approved the $16.5 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit accusing the police department of mistreating suspects.

More than half a million people could be eligible for cash awards in the settlement of a federal civil rights case, filed in 2004 on behalf people who claimed they were subjected to an "institutionalized system of police torture" that included being deprived of adequate food and water.

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