Christina Eilman was arrested for erratic behavior at Midway Airport in 2006. Police commanders ignored instructions to take her to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, and instead she was transported to the Wentworth District lockup in one of the city's highest-crime areas.
The next evening, after hours of apparent psychotic behavior, police released her with no assistance or direction, several miles from where she had been arrested. She wandered aimlessly toward a high-rise of the Robert Taylor Homes, where she was sexually assaulted before plunging from a seventh-floor window. She suffered a severe brain injury, a shattered pelvis, collapsed lung and numerous other injuries.
I find it utterly unbelievable that the cops didn't know exactly what they were doing when they released Christina Eilman. Instead of protecting this very ill young woman, the police threw her to the wolves.
Now it looks like her family will finally get their day in court.