Jamal Trulove spent more than six years in prison for a 2007, before being acquitted in a 2015 retrial, NPR reports.
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to granted Trulove, 33, a $13.1 million settlement for being framed for murder by the city’s police department.
Trulove, an up-and-coming actor, appeared on VH1’s popular reality program I Love New York 2. Prior to the arrest, the young man was chasing his acting dreams. In 2007 those dreams were shattered when Trulove was arrested and convicted of murdering his friend Seu Kuka. Trulove was forced to leave his family and small children behind when he was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.
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In 2014, a state appeals court overturned the conviction – citing “prosecutorial misconduct.”
He has been found innocent in a retrial in 2015 and in 2016 Trulove sued. Reports state the federal jury found that two policemen, Maureen D’Amico and Michael Johnson, fabricated evidence, engineered witnesses testimonies and reports, and concealed information that could have proven Trulove’s innocence.
Trulove will now walk away with $13.1-million settlement. But does that compensate time spent away from his family and the trauma acquired from life behind bars?
Trulove’s lawyer Kate Chatfield told San Francisco Gate “It’s about time. Justice is not (merely) being acquitted for a crime you did not do. This was finally justice.”
The officers named in the lawsuit have reportedly retired and receive no disciplinary actions.
Trulove took to Twitter to air those grievances: “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 lit my freedom ring through every platform I get to show what injustice really looks like. Me! #AndStillIRise”
Many came to support him. CoryGeorgeMedia said, “Travesty falls short of describing what happened to you combined with the fact that no officers were disciplined for their heinous roles. The only ones that can change faulty policing are those at the top of the police chain. Many prayers for your continued growth & strength.”
BlueStripper1 replied saying that the police should be held financially responsible, not taxpayers.
ByAnyDream was also infuriated that the officers seemed to get an easy pass, “When cops frame, they should get double the max that you could have gotten as a minimum. They are domestic terrorists who should get the death penalty.”
Luckily, for Trulove his career has not been sabotaged by the corrupted police force, this year he will appear in the critically acclaimed indie-drama The Last Black Man in San Francisco – alongside veteran actors Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold and Mike Epps.
He did however, recently open up on his Instagram page to share that the traumas he experienced during that time are gravely affecting him today.
“It’s just hitting me 4 years later on what happened to me after revisiting this footage. I’ve finally grown enough from the Trauma induced reality of what the project experience made me believe that was acceptable,” he shared.” “There’s nothing I could do to make up for that time I missed. No amount of money could ever reverse the time I missed with my kids and the effect that it’s had on their upbringing and our relationship.”
He continued: “Subconsciously, I’ve been keeping myself busy with all my endeavors not dealing with my PTSD. I finally get what people been telling me about how they can’t imagine going through what I’ve went through and still be sane. But, lookin back at this footage and seeing my mom’s reaction and knowing how happy I was to be free from them walls, only makes me understand more why I was chosen for this journey and my energy is what it is today and beyond. I will change the world.”