Settlement Announced in lawsuit against Joliet Mayor

A settlement has been announced in the lawsuit against Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk after a confrontation at a protest in 2020. The video from May 31st of 2020 showed the Mayor in a physical confrontation with two individuals during the civil unrest in Joliet that evening. The Mayor told WJOL that he was attacked and defended himself during the incident. Attorneys for the two brothers, Victor Williams and Jamal Smith, state that it was the mayor who was in fact the aggressor in the incident. Details of the settlement between the two parties has not been made public.

A special prosecutor refused to file any criminal charges against O’Dekirk after determining that his actions were not criminal.