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Jamal Trulove, an aspiring actor who spent eight years in prison after police officers framed him for murder, received $13.1 million from San Francisco on Tuesday. The city’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the settlement four years after Trulove was acquitted of killing his friend.
Trulove reacted on Twitter, writing, “And trust me I’m not done with them by a long shot!! After what these cowards of the law did to me, I will [let] my freedom ring through every platform I get to show what injustice really looks like.”
In 2007, Trulove was arrested for the murder of his neighbor, Seu Kuka, in a low-income housing project. Truelove was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to life in prison. The aspiring actor and hip-hop singer spent eight years in maximum security prisons. Alex Reisman, one of Trulove’s lawyers, told the AP his client was stabbed while behind bars.
“He endured a lot,” Reisman said.