The lawsuit regarding May Molina, 55, who died in 2004 after being held in a Chicago Police Department lockup for approximately 30 hours, has been settled with a federal jury awarding $1 million to her family, according to the Chicago Tribune on Monday.
The case also found the city’s standard of medical care for detainees at police stations throughout the city to be unconstitutional.
Molina, who suffered from asthma and diabetes medical concerns, reportedly spent her 30 hours in the lockup without receiving necessary medical attention. The city of Chicago’s attorneys, however, claim that Molina caused her own death by having secretly swallowing packets of heroin at the time she was arrested prior to her death.
Molina died at the Belmont and Western police station, May 26, 2004. At the time, she was detained with her son Michael Ortiz due to suspicion of having possessesd a controlled substance. The initial reports of her lockup and death indicate that she was in a wheelchair, diabetic, asthmatic, and had a thyroid condition. Additionally, it was alleged that she was denied requests made by her lawyer and family to get medicine to her and to provide medical attention for her.
Molina had history with the Chicago Police Department as she was the founder of the Families of the Wrongfully Convicted organization. Reportedly, she was an aggressive activist who worked vehemently at getting her son Salvador Ortiz – as well as other persons – released after having been wrongfully convicted by police officers – in her opinion.