Hazel Crest, Illinois resident Abeid Armour filed suit July 25, 2011, against Country Club Hills and two police officers. On July 24, 2010, Officer John Silas shot Armour, allegedly without justification. Officer Guiveda Francois was present for the shooting and allegedly conspired with Silas to falsely charge Armour criminally to cover up the unjustified shooting. The case asserts claims for excessive force, assault, battery, malicious prosecution and civil conspiracy. The case is currently pending before Judge Joan Gottschall in the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint is available here.
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On July 27, 2011, David Therkield sued his landlord, the City of Chicago and two police officers, Nicole Henkes and Nicholas Prazuch. The suit alleges that Therkield was a lawful tenant in a building near 68th and Morgan when his landlord decided to evict him without notice or first initiating legal proceedings. When Therkield resisted the landlord’s attempts to remove his belongings from the unit, the landlord allegedly attacked Therkield with a baseball bat, breaking his arm. When the Defendant Chicago police officers showed up, they arrested Therkield and refused to allow him to sign criminal complaints against the landlord. The case is Therkield v. City of Chicago et al., 11 C 5079, currently pending before Judge Dow in the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint is available on the Northern District’s website.