Jamal Trulove, Wrongfully Sentenced For Murder, Awarded $13.1 Million

Trulove, the former “I Love New York 2” contestant, spent over six years in prison for a crime that he didn’t commit.


Justice is served, somewhat.

Jamal Trulove spent more than six years in prison after police framed him for a murder he did not commit.  On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors in the city of San Francisco voted unanimously to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Trulove. They will award him $13.1 million.


Some may remember Truelove as an aspiring actor and hip-hop artist from the dating reality tv show, “I Love New-York 2”.

In 2007, Trulove was arrested for the murder of his friend and neighbor in a low-income housing project. A jury convicted him in 2010 and he was sentenced to life in prison.

Alex Reisman, one of his lawyers, said Trulove spent eight years in maximum security prisons, mostly in Southern California, hundreds of miles from family. He was also stabbed, Reisman said.

An appeals court overturned the conviction in 2014 and ordered a new trial. He was acquitted in a 2015 retrial. Three years later, Trulove sued the police department and four officers saying they fabricated evidence, coerced a key eyewitness and withheld vital information that may have exonerated him at the time.

A federal jury later determined that the two lead homicide detectives, Michael Johnson and Maureen D’Amico, had violated Trulove’s civil rights.

Trulove accepted the $13.1 million offer in exchange for the city’s dropping of its appeal. The jury cleared two other officers of wrongdoing.

In a laundry list of discrepancies, the jury found that detectives showed an eyewitness a single photo of Trulove rather than presenting the person with photos of other people as part of a “lineup” to identify a suspect. Detectives were also aware of another suspect but failed to investigate, among other mishaps.

The four officers involved in Trulove’s lawsuit have all since retired, with none of them having been disciplined for their roles in the case.


Tabie is your friendly neighborhood transplant, currently attempting to live out the big New York dream. During my free time, I like to write stories and short essays. I also use this expensive thing I bought called a camera. I capture moments and the beautiful people I encounter. I live by the motto "collaboration over competition" because why waste energy bringing someone down when we can rise together. Manhattanville College Alum.