Emanuel Concerned About Length Of Police Misconduct Probes

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he is concerned about how long it can take for the police review board to investigate when officers are accused of misconduct.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Mayor Emanuel will not address the specifics of the case of Officer Hester Scott, who was shot and killed over the weekend – allegedly by her own grandson.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

At the time, Scott was waiting for the results of the Independent Police Review Authority’s review of abuse allegations filed against her by the Keshawn Perkins, the grandson charged with her murder.

But Emanuel did address the main point.

“It’s a discussion I’ve had with leaders of the City Council, whom I meet with prior to City Council meetings, so we will have a more regular report on where cases are, and the frequency in which they get heard, so people can get clarity and certainty around their individual cases,” Emanuel said.

He says better controls are being put into place.

On Tuesday, police Supt. Garry McCarthy ordered Scott’s badge posthumously restored. Her star had been taken away after the abuse allegation, which dated back to 2007.

“Officer Scott was a 25-year veteran of this department and a murder victim, and the superintendent felt this was the right thing to do for her and her family,” police spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said.

Before McCarthy stepped in, Chicago Fraternal Order of Police attorneys were prepared to argue that the star should be returned because, as Shields put it, “The person making these false allegations is the actual murderer.”

FOP President Mike Shields said it is inexcusable that the IPRA would take four years to lift a cloud over the officer’s head.

Scott remained in the callback section, even after the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigated, then dismissed her grandson’s abuse allegations.

Last Friday, Scott was stabbed to death after allegedly confronting her grandson about falling asleep watching TV and skipping classes at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep.

Grandson Perkins has been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. Enraged by his grandmother’s demands, Perkins allegedly hit Scott in the head with a lamp “until she shut up,” then stabbed her repeatedly with a kitchen knife, prosecutors said.

Scott was a mother of two who had adopted Keshawn and his three siblings seven years ago after her drug-addicted daughter’s children were taken into foster care because she could no longer care for them. Keshawn lived with his grandmother in the 8800 block of South Wallace Street.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • ChicagoCitizen

    It seems to me, the longer they can drag it out, the better it will end up being for the officers. They should just leave well enough alone!

  • Tommy

    My brother a CPD cop in 22, has been lied about on paper and in sworn testimony by his thieving lieing 6th District CPD cop wife and her CPD cop sister, and that is not all. The CPD cop wife cheated with another CPD cop, a K-9 cop months before and after the second child was born … hahaha, talk about ethics!!! If there is one thing that I know is that cop shave no more ethics than the average joe walking down the sidewalk…in any case.

    My brother gave paperwork and sworn testimony that they lie like a rug, and it has taken more than a year to hear from anyone and NOTHING. The CPD is NOT reviewing these cases fast enough. And these theiving lieing cops should NOT be working, because for an officer to write paper on another officer that is 100% false is actually a crime.

    I also already emailed to the Independent Police Review Authority … NOTHING. Not a word about the issues.

    • Tommy

      Think about it this way. Would you trust cops that lie about each other on paper and in sworn testimony in dealing with the public who they write paper on? If your ans is NO, then somebody ought to be doing something about cops that lie when writing reports.

      My brother’s name is Neal Ivers out of 22 and we want some action in the system. Can anyone help because his wife is collecting $120k a year as a cop, and her sister also lied as did her new boyfriend, after lieing in reports and nobody is doing anything about it.

  • Chicagoland

    Tommy –
    You need to 1) go back to school and learn to write a cohesive sentence.
    2). Get your facts straight . Cops do not make $120k a year. A thirty year officer is making about $90k a year.
    3). Let your brother fight his own fight and keep his name out of the comment section of the news.

  • mike

    How about the fact that THERE’S SO MANY OF THEM???????

  • Chivi

    Tommy meant $120k+ including what they steal from people they arrest and bribes.

  • Chicagoland

    Chivi –
    You watch too much tv.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live