Christina Eilman Receives $22.5 Million In Chicago Police Misconduct Case

By Staff Reporter on January 16, 2013 12:24 PM EST

Christina Eilman
Christina Eilman at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Photo: handout photo)

The city of Chicago has paid the family of Christina Eilman a record $22.5 million sum after the bipolar victim was raped and assaulted following her release from police custody.

In 2006, 21-year-old Christina Eilman, who suffered from bipolar disorder, had an episode of mental breakdown on a flight from California and was taken in by Chicago police after the plane landed at Midway Airport.

Eilman was held in custody for 29 hours. During the duration, witnesses said she was throwing herself against the bars of her jail cell. Aware of the situation, Christina's parents spoke with Chicago authorities of their daughter's mental health status at least nine times.

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Despite the clear instructions from the parents that Christina Eilman required care, the police thought it was acceptable to release Eilman out at a housing project of a high-crime neighborhood rather than escort her to a safe hospital for psychiatric evaluation. What's more, Eilman was only dressed in short shorts, a cutoff top, boots, and was without her cell phone when she was released. Shortly after, the former UCLA student was gang raped at knifepoint by six attackers before she was pushed from a seven-story window.

While Christina Eilman miraculously survived the fall, the trauma resulted in permanent brain damage and a need for constant medical attention.

Now 27, Christina Eilman is expected to never recover from the brain injury. Police later testified that poor judgement cost Christina Eilman her life. Eilman should have been taken to the hospital following her release.

"I'm embarrassed to think that a poor girl like this would have been so callously treated by members of the Chicago Police Department," Chicago Alderman Edward Burke said.

The Eilman family was seeking as much as $100 million against the city for the pain and suffering caused by the tragic incident. In a settlement, the city of Chicago agreed to pay a record $22.5 million.

Chicago police convicted gang member Marvin Powell for abducting Christina Eilman but was not charged for rape or for assault. Powell served a 12-year sentence before receiving parole during spring 2012.

Source: Daily Mail

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