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NO PREJUDICE TO OFFICER FOR DELAYED INVESTIGATION

NO PREJUDICE TO OFFICER FOR DELAYED INVESTIGATION

Over 10 years ago, three off-duty police officers assaulted a civilian inside a fast food restaurant and the events were captured on video tape. Superintendent of police charged the three officers with violating multiple department rules. The Police Board was correct in finding that the charges were not barred by due process, laches, Chicago Municipal Code, or Police Department General Orders. The Board’s decision that the officers’ attack on the victim was unprovoked was not against the manifest weight of evidence, and its decision to discharge two of the officers was not arbitrary or unreasonable. The officers failed to show that they were prejudiced by the delay in filing charges, as the officers were gainfully employed until the charges were filed and were only terminated following a full hearing. Orsa v. Police Board of the City of Chicago, 2016 IL App (1st) 121709

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