Bernard Williams from Chicago, Illinois, spent nearly 23 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
Bernard Williams was 17 years old when he was convicted of murder for a 1996 killing. No physical evidence tied Williams to the murder, and on that day no witnesses on the scene identified him as the shooter.
It was only after police officers conspired to “solve” the crime by manufacturing false evidence, including intimidating witnesses and using “illegal and abusive” interrogation tactics to secure a false confession from a young co-defendant with an intellectual disability and mental health issues, that Defendant officers were able to secure a conviction.
Williams spent 23 years in a prison and was released in February 2019 after an Illinois Appellate Court vacated his conviction. In February 2021 Williams sued the city of Chicago and several of the Chicago police investigators who helped wrongfully convict him.
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