Aldermen on the Council’s Finance Committee approved the $2 million settlement of a long-standing lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department filed by police officers Shannon Spalding and Daniel Echeverria. The two claim they were retaliated against for whistleblowing. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was called to testify for this suit earlier this year following his acknowledgement last December that a “code of silence” exists within the Chicago Police Department. He was ultimately spared from doing so on May 31, the eve of the trial, when the city’s Law Department announced its decision to settle.

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