Monday, September 19, 2005

The Ryan Harris case...

In the Englewood neighborhood back in 1998, an 11 year old girl wsa murdered and left in a vacant lot there. Originally two little boys were charged with the crime, then DNA evidence indicated that these two boys aged 8 and 7 couldn't not possibly have committed this crime. In fact this was indicated by the Semen on Harris' underwear. A man by the name of Floyd Durr is awaiting trial in this case, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In the meanwhile one of these two young boys now aged 15 is about to get awarded a settlement of $6.2 million dollars for his wrongful arrest at the time. For one Alderman Freddrenna Lyle who represents a piece of the Englewood area this is a matter where she wished the people could drop their suspicions of the police. While another Englewood alderman Shirley Coleman, who's ward was where Ryan's body was found used this to opine about how the authorities treat black folks. Here's a quote...

When Ald. Shirley Coleman (16th), whose ward includes the Englewood neighborhood where Ryan Harris was murdered, was informed of the settlement, her two-word reaction was: “That’s all?’’

She called it a “drop in the bucket’’ compared to the $30 million to $50 million that an assistant corporation counsel had warned aldermen that a jury might award if the case were to go all the way through trial.

“This case symbolized the blatant disrespect and disregard for the African American
community. If these children had been anything other than African American, this
never would have taken place,’’ she said.

A very sad case indeed. At least they found the real murderer and I hope he get put away for a very long time.

$6.2 million settles Harris case

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