Black Actor Framed by Police for Murder He Did Not Commit Granted $13.1 Million Settlement

Monica Otayza
Mar 21, 2019
11:13 A.M.

A black actor that was framed by policemen for a murder he didn't commit was granted a $13.1 million settlement after being wrongfully jailed for more than six years.


San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to approve a $13.1 million settlement for a man named Jamal Trulove, who spent more than six years in prison for a murder that occurred in 2007.

After a retrial in 2015, Trulove was acquitted from the charges and was released from jail. Now, he is bound to receive a settlement for all the years he's spent in prison.


However, Trulove claims that this is far from enough and that he was about to speak out about injustice in every platform he is given.

"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!"



In January 2016, he sued the policemen who wrongfully accused him of murder. In April 2018, a jury in Oakland found out that the two police officers on the case named Maureen D'Amico and Michael Johnson intentionally fabricated the evidence presented to the court and failed to disclose exculpatory material.


Alex Reisman, a lawyer for Trulove, revealed that his client "endured a lot" spending years in maximum security prisons around California, hundreds of miles away from family.


He was arrested in 2007 for the murder of his friend, Seu Kuka, who was shot in the public housing project that he resided in. He was convicted for the crime in 2010 and sentenced to fifty years in prison.

However, the conviction was overturned in 2014 and a new trial began. According to Trulove's attorneys, the two policemen manipulated a witness into testifying that Trulove was the shooter.


While they have gotten the justice they wanted, the police officers who handled the lawsuit were retired and none were disciplined for their actions.

"No amount of money could ever reverse the time I missed with my kids and the affect that it's had on there up bringing and our relationship."

Trulove now lives quietly with his family, trying to make up for lost time. His settlement grant will not be the last time people will be hearing from him, however, as he plans to speak up against the injustices done against him in hopes of helping others who have also been wrongfully accused.

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