CITY HALL — The family of Rekia Boyd is going to get $4.5 million from the city after she was shot and killed by an off-duty Chicago cop a year ago.
The City Council's Committee on Finance approved the settlement Monday, along with $1.8 million to a man who said infamous Area 2 police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his so-called Midnight Crew tortured him into making two false murder confessions.
The settlements will go before the full council for final approval Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Boyd was shot a year ago near her Douglas Park home by a police officer who was asking a group of young people to quiet down late at night. The officer said he believed one of the people in the group pulled a weapon, which turned out to be a cell phone. Boyd was hit in the head and died.
Her brother Martinez Sutton said only last month, "I'm gonna make sure my sister didn't die in vain" at a public meeting calling for an independent, civilian accountability council overseeing Chicago Police.
James Andrews was freed in 2007 after a judge ruled Burge and his men had coerced confessions from him in two 1983 murders. The charges were formally dismissed the following year.