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Victim of Stroger hospital cops gets $425K
Settles suit in '06 beating

Thursday, June 26, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
by STEVE PATTERSON

An elderly stroke victim beaten by Stroger Hospital police is set to receive a $425,000 settlement from Cook County government. Agustin Sotomayor, 78, said he was dragged from his car by hospital police in September 2006, while he was parked outside the hospital complex waiting for his wife to get off work. He says the officers accused him of being an illegal immigrant and made other verbal attacks. Cook County Commissioner Roberto Maldonado, who pushed to disband the police force after the Sotomayor incident and other reports of aggressive behavior by certain officers, said the incident was an attack on Sotomayor's dignity. "He and his family should never have had to go through this," Maldonado said. "This is a scar that will never go away." Officers William Moman, Remoh Robert and Kelly Burgess were named in the suit, which accused the officers of beating Sotomayor and also of ripping a camera away from a county employee who captured it all. Those involved in the federal case said a confidentiality agreement prevents them from talking about the settlement, but the County Board is set to approve the deal Tuesday, according to board records. Sotomayor is being sued by Robert, who says his reputation was tarnished after the incident.  


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