Although his name has become synonymous with the landmark O.J. Simpson murder trial in the mid 1990s, the Johnnie Cochran biopic will look back further, focusing on the 1983 Ron Settles case. Ron Settles was a 21 year old African American running back at California State University when he was arrested for speeding by California’s Signal Hill Police Department. The morning following his arrest, Ron Settles was found dead in his jail cell, beaten and hanged. Although the police claimed Settles’ death was a suicide, evidence to the contrary led to a civil suit against the Signal Hill PD. While no one was ultimately prosecuted, Settles’ family was awarded a $760,000 settlement.
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