This past week, a Cook County judge overturned 15 criminal drug cases for 15 black men who all say they were wrongfully convicted after being framed by a crooked cop. These men were framed by Chicago police officer Ronald Watts after refusing to pay him. After they refused, Watts then handcuffed them and placed drugs in their pockets.
According to TIME, the convicting of these men led to punishments ranging from probation to decade long sentencing. Some pled guilty in hopes that there sentencing would be light despite the evidence against them.
Leonard Gipson, 36, who had 2 convictions thrown out said “Watts always told me, If your not going to pay me, I’m going to get you. And every time I ran into him, he placed drugs on me. I went to prison and did 24 months for Watts, and I came back home and he put another case on me.”
13 of the 15 men have all been released from prison, two remain because of unrelated charges. Following there release, the men are expected to sue the city.
Sources: Erika Walton, ballert.com
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