- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago aldermen have agreed to pay $9.5 million to a man who suffered catastrophic injuries when he struck his head on the pavement after being shocked by a police Taser.

The settlement approved by the City Council on Wednesday adds to the more than $500 million the city has paid out in lawsuits against police officers.

Aldermen have said they had little choice after a jury this year found the officer used excessive force on Jose Lopez during the 2011 incident that left him a quadriplegic who will require full-time care the rest of his life.

That jury had not yet decided on damages and there was a possibility that it could have awarded Lopez far more than $.9.5 million.

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