Illinois Man Claims False Arrest By Chicago Police Ruined His Life


An Illinois man claims his life was ruined by Chicago police when officers, despite having no evidence he was guilty, charged him with a felony while he was a high school student with a full-ride scholarship to Cal-Berkeley.

John Adam Jones of Chicago, now 20, says in a complaint filed Friday in Chicago federal court that he was arrested at 18 for an aggravated robbery that he had nothing to do with.

The time he spent in jail awaiting the dismissal of his charges cost him his high school diploma and a full-ride scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley, according to the lawsuit.

“Though his charges were ultimately dismissed, plaintiff will never regain the time he lost while he was in custody, get to live his final year of high school that he missed, or the large amount of funds that were expended and lost used to regain his liberty,” Jones’ complaint says.

Chicago police arrested Jones and two friends outside his parents’ home in May 2015, saying their clothes matched the description given by the victims of an armed robbery.

Although no gun or stolen items were recovered from his home and the victims had not identified his face, Jones says officers got approval from a prosecutor’s office to charge him with a felony by not disclosing their lack of evidence.

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