CHICAGO, June 24 (UPI) -- A Chicago man, held nearly four years in jail on a murder charge before standing trial and being acquitted, has sued the police.
DeAndre Washington was arrested in June 1999 in the shooting death of Sammy Tate.
His lawsuit claims "several witnesses" identified him in a police lineup, the Chicago Sun-Times said. First-degree murder charges were filed against him but the trial wasn't held until 2003.
The not guilty verdict came just two weeks after the Sun-Times detailed the long wait for a trial many Cook County inmates endure.
Washington was one of 66 inmates waiting four years for trial. Twenty-nine others had been waiting five years.
In addition to suing the Chicago Police Department, Washington has named 27 officers as being involved in his case -- for the pain of being locked up almost four years and the income he lost.