San Francisco pays USD13.1M to man framed for murder

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who spent more than six years in prison after police framed him for murder received a USD13.1 million settlement from the city of San Francisco on Tuesday.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Jamal Trulove. The settlement was part of the board’s consent calendar and was approved without comment.

San Francisco’s city attorney and Trulove’s lawyers negotiated terms of the settlement before it was presented to the board for approval.

Trulove was an aspiring actor and hip-hop artiste when he was arrested for the 2007 murder of his friend and neighbour in a low-income housing project.

A jury convicted him of murder in 2010 and he was sentenced to life in prison.

Alex Reisman, one of Trulove’s lawyers, said Trulove spent eight years in maximum security prisons, mostly in Southern California hundreds of miles from family. He was also stabbed, Reisman said.

“He endured a lot,” Reisman said.