Dixon Found Innocent on all Charges Files Lawsuit Against Chicago Police

Statement by 24th Ward (Chicago IL) Alderman Sharon Denise Dixon

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Most of you may have forgotten that I was arrested and humiliated with false charges by Chicago police officers – but I haven’t.

In the early morning of January 21, 2009, I was falsely arrested by Chicago police officers and charged with three counts:  (1) of attempting to circumvent a police roadblock at the scene of a tragic fire; (2) of driving without proper car insurance; and (3) of driving while intoxicated.  I was taken to jail and indigently handcuffed to a wall for 7 hours.  When released from jail, police authorities on duty – after talking with someone downtown – forced me to wait until all of the press had arrived and then made me walk out of the front door where the press was waiting.

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