Chicago Cop Investigated For Fake 911 Call

NILES, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — A Chicago Police officer reportedly is under investigation for allegedly making a fake 911 call.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Niles police Chief Dean Strzelecki said one of his officers pulled over an off-duty Chicago Police officer on Nov. 5 of last year for speeding.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The Niles officer smelled alcohol on the Chicago officer, and the Chicago officer admitted he’d had a “couple of drinks,” Strzelecki said.

But the Niles officer did not administer a field sobriety test when he pulled over the Chicago officer shortly after 2 a.m. that morning. He instead gave the Chicago officer a warning, and told him to park his car and either walk home or catch a cab.

But the Chicago officer did not accept his lucky break, authorities said. Instead, he allegedly made a bogus 911 call about a fight at a nearby bar.

The Niles officer left the scene to investigate, but when he got there, he realized the call was phony, Strzelecki said.

The Niles officer — whose in-car video camera recorded the incident — is not in trouble for giving the off-duty cop a break, Strzelecki said.

“We don’t just do this for cops,” he said. “I tell my coppers ‘use your discretion.’ … I am sure if he (the off-duty officer) was falling all over himself, there would have been a different outcome … Sometimes my cops even drive people home.”

A source confirmed the Chicago Police Department is conducting an internal investigation into the allegations against the off-duty cop, who is a tactical officer in the Jefferson Park District on the Northwest Side. The officer has remained on active duty during the investigation, the source said.

The Chicago Sun-Times contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

  • George Davis

    Nothing like letting off a Chicago Cop for a wrong doing, at least he’s getting paid full time while he’s being investigated. Any other person in a private sector job would have had to pay bail or rot away in a jail cell while the investigation was underway. I guess it shows cops are innocent until proven guilty and civilians are guilty until proven innocent. Thanks again cook county for all that you do.

    • chris


  • Chivi

    Just like the teacher’s union “dance of the lemons”, we’ll call this one the “blue shuffle”

  • Yeah Right

    “We don’t just do this for cops”.

    Ha ha ha ha ha. Thanks. I needed that kind of a laugh this morning.
    This guy should do stand up at Zanie’s. He’s good! Ha ha ha ha.

  • Mr. Dent

    The last I checked it was a crime to interfere with an investigaton..oh well..I guess Chicago’s Finest figured Niles should be investigating a fight rather than a drunken driver..after all drunk drivers don’t kill people..and a fight is top priority since nothing else occurs in Niles..If I’m ever stopped in Niles..I will try this same thing and if I’m charged as this officer should be..I will ask that the charges be dismissed because its the normal thing to do when you feel you don’t have to follow the rules of the law…

  • katie

    Amazing, I have read at 5 articles today about bad cops all over the country, I no longer believe that it is a case of a few bad apples. I think one must be a thug to be a cop.

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