At its Wednesday meeting, the Chicago City Council is expected to consider two settlements totaling $3 million related to lawsuits involving two police shooting deaths.
One of the settlements worth $1 million involves of the case of Joshua Madison. The 21-year-old was fatally shot by Officer Robert Campbell on the South Side in November 2010 after Madison allegedly dragged the officer with his vehicle. Police were investigating possible drug activity, and Campbell allegedly got lodged in the car after he reached inside Madison's vehicle in an attempt to turn off the ignition.
In her federal lawsuit over the shooting, Madison's grandmother claims there were no weapons or drugs recovered from the car and contends that police acted without probable cause. She argues that her grandson was afraid during the incident, which caused him to drive off.
Campbell has since died. Two weeks after his deposition as part of the shooting case, Campbell killed himself. The officer had faced questions during the deposition over his history of alcohol consumption.
The second proposed settlement totaling $2 million involves the May 2011 police shooting death of Calvin Cross. Police shot Cross near his South Side home after the man allegedly fled on foot and fired at them. Police claim that Cross ran away and then shot at them when they attempted to stop him. The stop was incited by the police having allegedly witnessed Cross pulling at his pants in a manner that suggested he was toting a heavy object.