More than $1.5 billion has been spent on settling police misconduct claims in the United States between 2010 and 2020, according to a Washington Post analysis.
Among major U.S. cities, Chicago had the highest rate of misconduct claims involving officers named in multiple cases.
More than 70% of the city’s roughly 1,500 payments during that period involved at least one officer with repeated claims against him, the analysis found.
A single officer, Armando Ugarte, had 16 claims against him, costing taxpayers more than $5 million.
Ugarte was “relieved of his police powers” in October, a Chicago Police Department spokesman said.