Christopher Coleman

Peoria Police Sued for Conspiracy and Malicious Prosecution of Innocent Man Imprisoned for 19 Years

PEORIA - Christopher Coleman, who spent 19 years in prison for crimes he did not commit, filed a federal lawsuit today against the City of Peoria and four police officers alleged to have conspired to convict him in total disregard to the truth and his clear innocence.

A year ago, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed Coleman's 1994 armed robbery and sexual assault conviction and the Peoria County state's attorney dismissed all charges. Earlier this month, a Peoria County court declared him innocent.

Police investigating a home invasion by six men wearing face coverings fabricated evidence, including a false claim from a 12-year-old who had no knowledge of the crime but - after repeated threats he would never see his family again - confessed to participating and implicated Coleman and other suspects manufactured by the police without any probable cause, according to the lawsuit.