It looks like Jamal "10 Milli" Trulove will finally get his payday! The SF Board of Supervisors just voted unanimously to settle the 13.1 million dollar lawsuit filed by Truelove, who spent more than six years in prison after police framed him for murder.
Recall, Trulove was an actor whom was recording for "I Love New York," and an aspiring rapper when he was arrested for the 2007 murder of his friend and neighbor. A jury convicted Trulove of murder in 2010 and he was sentenced to life in prison. Trulove spent eight years in maximum security prisons, mostly in Southern California hundreds of miles from family. He was also stabbed while in prison before the court of appeals ordered his conviction be overturned in 2014 and ordered a new trial.
Trulove was acquitted of all charges in his 2015 retrial.
Trulove then sued the police department and four officers stating they fabricated evidence, coerced a key eyewitness and withheld vital information that may have exonerated him. In 2018, a federal jury awarded Trulove $14.5 million after finding two officers had violated Trulove's civil rights. The city settled with Trulove for $13.1 million after agreeing the city would not appeal.
The jury came to this conclusion after finding the officers showed the witness one photo, instead of a photo line up to identify Trulove. They also produced evidence that the officers were aware of yet failed to investigate other.
Trulove took to Instagram to celebrate the news writing:
“It was never about the money when I was in prison, it was about my freedom!” -Me —————-/
🔝 Picture is 5 of the 12 Jurors that came back with a Not Guilty verdict. ✊🏾
The man on the right (my left) It took 5 days of deliberation to convince him that I was innocent. 10 other Jurors had me Not Guilty Day ☝🏾. ———————————
. 🔽Bottom Picture is of my My Law Team that believed me when I said I was innocent and got me back of that 50 to Life sentence. ✊🏾#KateChatfield#AlexReisman#MarcZilversmit#ChrisRitter
I have so many stories#TheTruloveStoryto tell about these people but I'm only gon give y'all one right now. Marc Zilversmit (My Appeal Attorney) I called him no more then 5 days after New Years '14 to see if an opinion from the appeals court had came in yet. Now I'm by myself in my cell using a borrowed phone at the time. So I call him and asked if he could check while I'm on the phone so he did... when he said 😳"OMG THEY OVERTURNED IT, THEY GRANTED YOU A NEW TRIAL!!" 😳 I said are you sure, he said yes you won.
I bust out in tears and was doing the loud ugly cry of joy and pain at the same time..lol That feeling I got that day I hope so many other Innocent Man and Women incarcerated could have. ✊🏾#FreeTheInnocentThe special thing about the phone call was that me and Marc found out at the same time. I believe everything happened for a reason. And with out these people I wouldn’t be here today.
The four officers named in Trulove's lawsuit have retired. No officers were disciplined for their roles in the case. Based on Trulove's Instagram post, this isn't the last we ill hear from him about this and rightfully so.