Case Dismissed For Park Ridge Lieutenant Charged With Beating Teens

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (STMW) – A Park Ridge police lieutenant who’s been on administrative leave since 2010 while awaiting trial for allegedly beating two teenagers will soon be back patrolling the streets after a Cook County judge on Wednesday dismissed his case.

Jason Leavitt was charged in Nov. 2010 with aggravated battery and official misconduct for allegedly beating the teens and continuing to beat one of them even after he lost consciousness.

But on Wednesday, Judge Nicholas Ford dismissed Leavitt’s case.

Sally Daly, spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, said the office is reviewing its options on whether to appeal the case. She said Leavitt’s original indictment on aggravated battery and official misconduct charges were sealed so the state’s attorney’s office could pursue a deeper investigation into possibly more charges.

But that investigation didn’t yield any more information and no other charges were developed, Daly said.

Prosecutors alleged the two 15-year-old boys smashed Leavitt’s car window with a slingshot in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2006. At the time, the boys had been having a sleepover and were out traipsing around a nearby cemetery, according to civil suit filed in the case in 2007.

In court, prosecutors said Leavitt was driving home from a night watchman job at Maine South High School when a projectile smashed one of his windows. Leavitt jumped out of his car and chased down one of the teens, striking him so hard that he knocked him out, prosecutors alleged.

The victim “states that when he regained consciousness, he was on the ground on his back, with the defendant straddling him and punching him in the face,” Cook County State;s Attorney Mike Golden said during Leavitt’s bond proceeding. Leavitt then caught up with the second youth — after other Park Ridge officers had handcuffed him — and kicked him in the head, Golden said. After the second youth had been put in the back of a police squad car, Leavitt punched and choked him, prosecutors say.

The families of both youths filed lawsuits against the city of Park Ridge, Leavitt and several of the police officers who responded to the 2006 incident. The city has since settled with both families, paying out about $180,000 in one of the cases, said Nancy Gleason, the attorney for both boys.

Leavitt has been on administrative leave from the Park Ridge Police Dept. since Nov. 2010 but will return to duty status, Park Ridge Chief of Police Frank Kaminski said in a statement released Thursday. Steps will be taken to reintegrate him into the department, he said.

Kaminski said he’s ready to begin an internal investigation into the matter “as soon as information regarding the case can be provdied” by the FBI and the state’s attorney’s office.

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  • me

    Too bad he didn’t kill them.

  • DanL

    All of that for breaking a windshield?

    • Jim

      There are many of us that would have handled this situation exactly the same way the officer did, except for sticking around afterwards!

  • Silver

    Park Ridge- the Land of Make Believe and some where over the rainbow> Poor little 15 year olds!

  • Lyndia

    I can see him knocking the kid around a little bit but knocking him out, then standing over him beating him in the face? Hell no, he went to far. The other kid was kicked in the head by the responding officers and beat again by this lunatic in the back of the wagon? Hell no, they went to far. This piece of dog sh22 it going back to the police department after, I REPEAT AFTER, they settled with both families. He dosen’t deserve ANYTHING back. As a matter of fact, he should be looking for another line of work. (Probably can’t do anything else.)

    • Jim

      They got off fairly easily, many of us would have broken their kneecaps! Who are you to judge anyway, you filthy negress!!!

      • LYNDIA

        Nasty, disease, carrying honkey and your crazy ass mammy.

  • victor p

    Believe it or not, a slingshot can be a deadly weapon! Also, the damage caused to the windshield would be very similar to a bullet. Since it was late October, he probably had the windows up, heat on and probably the radio on. How was he to know this was not a gunshot? He was attacked by 2 armed thugs, and he subdued them! the 2 punks should have been charged with attempted murder! Sometimes a little violence is necessary in the apprehension of violent criminals! But, hey, let’s criminalize the cops for doing their job!

    • LYNDIA

      I am not criminlizing the cops victor, I just felt they went to far. I would not like anyone to do that to me. If I was a law enforcement officer, I would have hit him in the jaw a couple of times but I would not have beaten him like that. (I may have kicked him in this ass a couple of times too.)

  • tj

    The way kids are todya they need to be beat up once and awhile. Obviously their parents never taught them right, but are now benifiting from that 180,000 dollars they got. Maybe they need to knock them around a little bit.

  • Jim

    I’m wondering why the police didn’t charge these little criminals with as much as possible. Then they could have made a trade, you drop your charges and the village will drop theirs. These people should have never cashed in on this!!!!

    • LYNDIA

      They would not have cashed in if the cops hadn’t beaten them so badly.

  • seer

    that incident could have seriously injured or killed that officer Iknow I`d be angry too

  • tony

    I bet thoses kids arent doing that again.We in the police world call that ‘act right’.

    • LYNDIA

      That is in the police world but in they REAL WORLD, they got their ass kicked and walked away with a nice piece of change.

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