Six More Chicago Cops Face Brutality Charges

Updated: 10/18/10 6:21 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — Six more Chicago police officers have been pulled off the streets as the Independent Police Review Authority investigates allegations that a suspect in police custody was beaten.

On Friday evening, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said a sergeant was being put on desk duty over the alleged beating. Now, he says six more officers may have been involved.

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The backdrop was an officer awards ceremony for a job well done, but moments later allegations of misconduct had Supt. Weis announcing the number of policemen stripped of their powers had grown to seven.

“We want to send a message to the department as well as the community that we do take these actions serious, and there is just no room for brutality in this department,” said Weis. “The allegations are serious and that’s why we stripped seven people of their police powers. I knew this would be news and that’s why we tried to get in front of this story.”

If the officers took part in a beating or simply looked the other way isn’t known.

Late Friday, Weis indicated a sergeant was relieved of duties following the alleged beating of a suspect in custody. It followed an incident earlier in the week.

The continuing investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority convinced Weis to take further action today.

But Weis is not letting on what might have happened.

“Looking at the facts that were shared with us from the Independent Police Review Authority, I’m not going to comment on those because it’s their case. This was pretty egregious,” Weis said. “We try to be fair, we try to be consistent. My standard is always reasonable, and from what I saw, this wasn’t reasonable.”

Weis gave no other details about the incident — including when or where it happened or what happened to the suspect.

Weis joined CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson and Kate Sullivan on set Monday during the 6 p.m. news, but refused to comment on the investigation, stating that it was “not proper” for him to speak about details of the case because it is being handled by IPRA, and not the police department.

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The leader of the Chicago police union criticized Weis for going public too soon.

Mark Donahue, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, says the “superintendent acted irresponsibly” in telling the press about the brutality complaint.

“Normally in good, sound investigative practices, you don’t talk about things until you’re absolutely sure as to what happened,” he said.

Donahue says the latest officers relieved of duty haven’t even been given a reason why.

“Typically there is something more that goes along the actions the superintendent has taken, and as of yet, there are no allegations leveled against these six officers,” said Donahue.

He says he’ll be sure that his officers get due process.

The police department continues to take criticism over the high-profile Anthony Abbate case, where an officer was taped beating a female bartender.

CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller says it may be why Weis is taking action now.

“Frankly, it’s refreshing Supt. Weis is going out of the way to say to the police department, ‘if you do it, you are in trouble. If you see it and don’t report, it you are in trouble,’” said Miller.

The seven officers have been assigned to desk duty while the investigation continues. Weis isn’t saying whether he believes the allegations. He says the move today does not imply they are guilty. But, in his words, “to keep them on the streets would put them and the department at risk.”

Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser and CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole contributed to this report.

  • FR

    If all good citizens had guns, we would not need the dangerous police departments.

  • Mr. Ha Ha

    Nothing to read here folks, move along now… as useal

  • larry

    This is why the cops don’t like Weis. They think they should be able to get away with things like this without any action being taken. What a joke.

    • don

      When you need help call Weis. Idiot!

  • Rue St. Michel

    Another bunch of knee-jerk reactions from people who assume the worst about Police Officers. If you’re a cop, then it’s “guilty until proved innocent.” Cops don’t like Weis precisely because of his stance of guilty until proved innocent. He’s already “out front” of the story saying it’s “egregious” – well he can have an opinion but he should keep his mouth shut until all the facts are in.

    Just like the 3 fools who posted above me … Business as usual indeed with the Police Haters out there.

    God bless the police

    • Chris Morton

      People don’t “assume the worst about police”. They assume the worst about CHICAGO police, and the names Abbate, Callahan, Finnegan, Herrera and Burge are only five reasons among many.

      There will always be private sector criminals. At long last, Chicagoans are wising up and wondering why those private sector criminals need to be supplemented by government funded ones.

  • The Oracle

    Hey! When the doughnuts run out, they have to have something to amuse themselves. What’s a cop to do?

    • don

      You would be the first to call police for help you whimp!

  • Tom

    I don’t have a problem with people who don’t like the police. But just do the rest of us a favor. When someone is breaking into your home at 3 a.m., assaulting your children, or, setting fire to your car in the driveway, don’t call the cops for help. Deal with it yourself.

    • FGFM

      “When someone is breaking into your home at 3 a.m., assaulting your children, or, setting fire to your car in the driveway, don’t call the cops for help. Deal with it yourself.”

      I appreciate your concern and that’s why I pay for private security.

  • john doe

    Tom if I had to wait for help from the police, my whole family would be dead by the time they got off their fat butts.

  • Alex

    It’s funny, I talked to two Chicago officers at a bears game and they feel that Weis is doing a good job in cleaning house. This is was off the record, and that there are many more like them.

  • Julie

    With all the violence in Chicago it is harder to tell who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. My only hope is that if these officers are guilty they are brought to justice as any other citizen would be. With the Wall of Silence around the police finally coming done it seems that Weis may be on to something. A few officers can make a whole department look bad. There are many, many good officers in Chicago that are trying to make a difference.

  • Mike

    There are times when cops are provoked and when they finally take action they’re accused of brutality. If the police have to subdue someone they sometimes have to get physical. Especially in the black community, I’ve heard people complain that the cops don’t do enough. Then, I’ve heard that the police are too aggressive.

  • sb

    I think this is his last jab at the police department because not one out 13000 police like him I guess all 13000 must be wrong. Member the sos officers 2 of them got their job back again the media out to ruin people lives in unsubstantiated stories sad sad.

  • mioshe chatman

    if the officers did it they should be punished i just don’t believe the allegations at all and if the suspect through a beer bottle he should have gotten his ass kicked if u throw a beer bottle at someone on the street there would be repracutions why is it so different for officers self defense is all i have to say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mike

    The guy threw a beer bottle at the sgt and the sgt reacted by slapping him….he wasn’t “beaten” as the media is coining it…..The other officers didn’t touch the guy they just didn’t report it….and what exactly did they do wrong…there was nothing to report…..the guy deserved it….what would you do if someone threw beer or spit on you….It is a natural human reaction…do you think that the liberal judges are going to actually put him in jail…THINK AGAIN!!! A guy like that wouldn’t care anyway..he only understands one thing! BE REAL!!!!!

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