Chicago aldermen are expected to consider a $3.1 million settlement connected to a class-action lawsuit the city is facing over the Chicago Police Department's residency requirement for applicants.
The U.S. Justice Department brought the class-action suit on Friday, claiming 47 police applicants were discriminated against due to the police department's requirement that they have lived in the United States for a minimum of 10 years. The residency requirement was changed in 2011 and is currently set at 5 years.
The lawsuit, which had been in the pipeline for a while, stems from the cases of the two lead plaintiffs who applied to become police officers in 2006 and 2008. They were not hired because they did not meet the 10-year residency requirement.
The city council's Finance Committee plans to take up the settlement at its Monday meeting.
The lawsuit is not tied to the civil rights probe into Chicago's police department launched by the U.S. Justice Department after the city released the Laquan McDonald shooting video in November.