Jury awards $17 million to man framed by Chicago cops for 1988 murder

Jacques Rivera spent 21 years wrongfully imprisoned after he was framed by notorious Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara. Jacques Rivera hunched forward at the courtroom table Friday and pressed his forehead to the fingertips of his folded hands, whispering a prayer as the jury filed in. When the verdict was read — more than $17 million… Read More

Another Man Sues Former Chicago Cop Guevara & City After Being Wrongfully Imprisoned For Almost 20 Years

Ariel Gomez was 17 years old when he was beaten and framed By Chicago Det. Reynaldo Guevara & colleagues CHICAGO – Ariel Gomez was a 17-year-old with no criminal record when he was beaten by notorious Chicago police officer Reynaldo Guevara and framed for a murder he did not commit. The shooting death for which… Read More

Victim of Chicago Police Det. Guevara, Wrongfully Imprisoned 22 Years, Sues City

Thomas Sierra was 19-years-old when he was wrongly put behind bars for more than half of his life. CHICAGO – The parade of once-young victims speaking out against gross Chicago police misconduct grew one stronger today as Thomas Sierra, a man who spent more than half his life wrongfully behind bars, sued the City of… Read More

Victim of Police Det. Guevara Sues Over 19-Year Wrongful Imprisonment

Guevara Beat Arturo Reyes and Threatened Him With Electric Chair to Get Coerced Confession CHICAGO – Arturo Reyes, a wrongfully convicted man who served 19 years in maximum security prison, today filed a federal lawsuit charging that disgraced former Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara and others fabricated a false confession from him through physical violence,… Read More

The Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2017 Q2

This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup again highlights alarming patterns of intentional police misconduct resulting in tragic injustice. There are infamous individual cops who have caused tons of wrongful convictions by doing “whatever it takes” to pin a crime on a suspect rather than conscientiously investigating the crime. The result is that the officers invariably nab… Read More

Victim of Notorious Frame-Up Cop Sues Chicago in Federal Court

Jose Montanez Was Wrongfully Imprisoned 23 Years Thanks to Disgraced Det. Reynaldo Guevara Today a man who lost 23 years of his life serving time in a prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is suing in federal court a disgraced former police detective who used dozens of frame-ups to advance his career. While serving… Read More

2016’s Final Wrongful Conviction Roundup

It’s time for this year’s final wrongful conviction round-up, our quarterly examination of some of the exonerations from around the country. As always, there are moving and important stories to tell. These stories continue to remind us of the human toll of our country’s out-of-control criminal system. Jose Montaez and Armando Serrano: I am proud… Read More

Police Shootings: the Early Warning Signs

As this nation is repeatedly confronted with horrifying instances of police shootings and police excessive force, it is important to consider the commonalities and patterns among the incidents so that we can strive to find a way to stop this unjustified violence. One detail that the media seems to frequently gloss over is the offending… Read More