6 cops face false-arrest lawsuit

6 cops face false-arrest lawsuit
Crystal Yednak
Chicago Tribune
March 19, 2002

A 26-year-old man who helps educate relocated Stateway Gardens residents about their rights sued the city and six Chicago police officers Monday, alleging he was falsely arrested when he tried to gather information after a police car struck a teenager.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court by the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Chicago Law School on behalf of Kenya Richmond, a staff member of the Neighborhood Conservation Corps.

Jennifer Hoyle, a spokeswoman for the city's Law Department, said the city had not received a copy of the suit.

Richmond is part of a team monitoring the relocation of residents at Stateway Gardens as the Chicago Housing Authority redevelops the area. His duties include informing residents of their civil and legal rights and monitoring police practices as part of a project to improve resident-police relations, said Jamie Kalven, director of the Neighborhood Conservation Corps.

On March 19, 2001, Richmond was working in the management office of the building, at 3640 S. State St. The suit alleges officers chasing a teenager