(CBS) — A 42-year-old Hazel Crest man who spent half his life in prison before prosecutors dropped the murder charges against him is now suing the city of Chicago.
The murders happened on Chicago’s North Side in 1992.
And Deon Patrick and others ended up confessing to the homicides, confessions that were intertwined, fingers pointing at each other and at themselves.
Then, the dominos of false confessions started falling. And people were freed.
Patrick was freed in January after 21 years behind bars.
Now he is suing the city of Chicago, saying he was forced into making the confession and that others were railroaded as well.
“I want the people that put me there intentionally to experience everything I’ve experienced. But that’s not going to happen.
“The only form of justice I see is what we’re doing now – filing this civil suit and trying to set precedence to where it doesn’t happen again to somebody else child, or somebody else’s son or brother.”
Deon Patrick’s federal civil suit asks for damages.
WBBM has asked the city law department for comment.