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February 28, 2018

ABC 7 CHICAGO: City Council Approves Settlement in Alleged Case of CPD ‘Code of Silence,’ Fatal Crash

Nearly nine years after a fiery crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway, the families of Andrew Cazares and Fausto Manzera say they finally have closure. The men were killed by off-duty Chicago Police Officer Joseph Frugoli, who was driving drunk.

The City Council approved a $20 million settlement. Each family will receive $10 million.

In their lawsuit filed against Frugoli and the City of Chicago, they say Frugoli’s years of bad behavior was protected by what they call the code of silence.

“They are the ones that encouraged and gave Frugoli the impunity to act the way he did. He was an alcoholic. They knew he was an alcoholic. They knew he had driven drunk in the past,” said Tim Cavanagh, an attorney representing the Cazares family.

ABC 7 CHICAGO: City Council Approves Settlement in Alleged Case of CPD ‘Code of Silence,’ Fatal Crash
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