Jury decides in favor of whistleblower in lawsuit against Chicago Police Department
Former Chicago police Detective Beth Svec stands outside the courtroom at the Daley Center, July 12, 2022, in Chicago. - Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — A jury decided Friday that former Chicago police Detective Beth Svec is entitled to more than $4.35 million in damages under the Illinois Whistleblower Act. Svec sued the Chicago Police Department for retaliating against her in 2016 after she brought forward evidence contradicting two officers’ accounts of an arrest. As the jurors filed out of the courtroom, Svec pulled down her mask, placed her hand on her heart and mouthed “thank you” as tears welled in her eyes. “It was a hard, hard fight,” said one of Svec’s lead attorneys, Torri Hamilton, outside the courtroom. “This is importan...