CRIME, was there a serious beating at Proviso East ?[D209]
Anybody know anything about this?
The federal subpoena also sought any correspondence that involves Abdelhamid Chaib, a La Grange Park businessman who is a business partner and friend of Rezko's. The Subway franchises at the oases are owned by a firm headed by Chaib, and documents previously obtained by the Tribune showed Rezko's nephew, Rimon, as the manager of the sandwich shops.
Chaib also has donated $10,000 to the Blagojevich political fund run by Kelly. The governor also appointed Chaib's wife, Lori, to a $15,000-a-year, part-time position to a state board dealing with employment issues.
Contacted Friday, Chaib said he had not been subpoenaed. He would not comment when asked if he had appeared before a grand jury.
A Cook County sheriff's deputy [Shirley Banks, 40, of Calumet City] who had more than five times the legal limit of alcohol in her system has been charged with aggravated drunken driving for a near-fatal crash last week.
For the aforementioned reasons, Mr. Nyberg requests that this Court grant his Motion and impose sanctions against the Plaintiffs and their attorneys by dismissing Plaintiffs’ claims with prejudice and awarding reasonable attorney fees and expenses, after conducting a hearing on the Motion. My [sic] Nyberg also requests that in pursuit of this Motion, he be permitted to conduct limited discovery.
These actions were filed by Plaintiffs Emanuel Christopher Welch and Bill Welch, and their attorney, James J. Roche, in violation of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 137. Bill Welch’s Complaint contains untrue statements of fact which he and his attorneys knew or should have known were untrue. Chris Welch’s Complaint was not warranted by existing law of by any good-faith argument for changes thereto. Furthermore, both Complaints were filed for an improper purpose: to harass and bankrupt Defendant Carl Nyberg (“Mr. Nyberg”) in an effort to silence a political critic during an election season. Both Complaints are sanctionable, and Mr. Nyberg asks this Court to order that reasonable expenses and attorney fees be paid by the Plaintiffs and/or their attorneys, and that both actions be dismissed with prejudice.
A. Legal Standards
Illinois Supreme Court Rules prohibit attorneys from signing pleadings not “well grounded in fact” or “warranted by existing law or a good-faith argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law,” or from filing pleadings “for any improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation.”
B The Plaintiffs Have Violated Rule 137
1. Bill Welch’s Complaint Contains Numerous Untrue Statements
a. Bill Welch was Indicted
Bill Welch’s Complaint is founded upon a basic untruth: that he was never indicted for “the crime of drug dealing,” and that Mr. Nyberg’s statement that he was is false and defamatory.
2. Chris Welch's Complaint is not Well Grounded in Law
[A]ll of the statements in the five Proviso Probe postings are clearly nonactionable political opinions, constitutionally protected under Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co., as interpreted by the Illinois Supreme Court.
b. Mr. Nyberg's Letter to Mr. Roche is Non-Actionable
Thus, Chris Welch’s Complaint was not warranted by existing law, as none of the quote statements was anything more than reflection of a constitutionally protected political opinion. Moreover, the Complaint did not attempt to make any argument, good-faith or otherwise, for the extension, modification, or reversal of that existing law.
3. Both Lawsuits were Brought for an Illegitimate Purpose--to Silence and Bankrupt a Political Critic
Both lawsuits were brought for no purpose other than to harass, bankrupt and silence Mr. Nyberg, without regard to the truth of the allegations contained therein or their legal merit.
This case bears striking similarity to Thomas v. Hileman, 333 Ill.App.3d 132 (2002). Dick Hileman, Commissioner of the Village of Gardner, had sued Richard Thomas for defamation based on a letter to the editor of the Gardner Chronicle newspaper criticizing Hileman’s politics. Id. at 670-71. The trial court had found, and the Appellate Court affirmed, that Thomas’ statements were constitutionally protected opinions, nonactionable under the innocent construction rule, and conditionally privileged as the subject of the statements was a public figure. Id. at 671. In response, Thomas sued Hileman for malicious prosecution. The suit alleged special damages in the fact that Thomas’ free speech rights had been “chilled” by the abuse of the judicial process by a political candidate to silence a critic. Id. at 673. Ultimately, the Appellate Court ruled that this “chilling effect” did not amount to special damages, but suggested that Rule 137 was available to redress Hileman’s conduct in filing a frivolous suit.
a. These Lawsuits were Filed to Harass Mr. Nyberg
Chris Welch was quoted in the West Suburban Journal as stating “Carl Nyberg is a hack who calls himself a reporter…. My goal is to put Carl Nyberg out of business.” See Frank Life, Nyberg claims poor political practice, West Suburban Journal, Sept. 29, 2005. Mr. Roche, the Welches’ attorney, stated he wished to “take away every piece of earthly belongings” Mr. Nyberg has. Both of these statements suggest that Roche and the Plaintiffs sought not to recover for the damages to the Welches’ reputations, but rather to prevent Mr. Nyberg from discussing and criticizing Chris Welch’s activities by bankrupting him. In conjunction with the filing of allegations that Roche and the Plaintiffs must have known were false, and other allegations with no legal merit, these statements demonstrate that both lawsuits were not brought for a legitimate purpose.
Underscoring this is the Welches’ timing. It is unlikely a coincidence that these lawsuits were commenced shortly before Chris Welch’s campaign for General Assembly, a time when Chris Welch knew Mr. Nyberg would be especially vocal. It is also unlikely a coincidence that the Welches dismissed their claims shortly after they discovered they would face opposition from a large law firm which would be prepared to prove the falsity of their allegations (and the truth of Mr. Nyberg’s statements). And it is unlikely a coincidence that the Complaints were dismissed on the eve of the date on which Mr. Nyberg was required to file his response to the Complaints (which, needless to say, would have been a motion to dismiss), before he had an opportunity to address the Welches’ claims on their merits.
D. The Court should Hold a Hearing on the Issue of Sanctions and Permit Limited Discovery in Anticipation of Such a Hearing
The Appellate Court held in Berg v. Mid-America Indus., Inc. 293 Ill.App.3d at 731 (1997), that a sanction of dismissal, or sanctions based on untrue pleadings or suits brought for an improper purpose, would require the Court to provide the plaintiffs an opportunity to be heard and present evidence on the merits of their complaints. Therefore, Mr. Nyberg requests that the Court hold a hearing on his Motion for Sanctions. In anticipation of such a hearing, Mr. Nyberg requests that he be permitted to conduct limited discovery on the issue of sanctions, including at least an opportunity to depose Plaintiffs and Mr. Roche on the truth of Mr. Nyberg’s statements and their purpose in bringing the suits.
b. Welch and Roche have a Long History of Similar Activity
The lawsuits are not the first by Welch against political critics. In 2002, Chris Welch, along with four other members of the District 209 Board, brought suit against Michael Manzo and Concerned Citizens of Melrose Park, a nonprofit organization, arising from a newspaper advertisement published by Manzo and Concerned Citizens. See Complaint, Case No. 02 L 014620 (Nov. 19, 2002). The advertisement opposed the election of Ronald M. Serpico as Cook County Commissioner and criticized the District 209 Board’s political alliance with Serpico. Id.
Chris Welch alleged defamation and invasion of privacy, based on two statements in the advertisement: 1) “Serpico ‘bought’ Board member votes to sell bonds, forcing Westchester residences [sic] to pay more taxes for a school they don’t use”; and 2) “Serpico and his friends on Proviso High School District’s 209 Board have fired or demoted a number of employees without cause or merit.” Welch and his co-plaintiffs sought compensatory damages in excess of $5,000,000 per count, in addition to unspecified punitive damages. Defendants moved to dismiss the complaint under Rule 615 as legally insufficient. Despite the size of the damages award they sough, Chris Welch and his co-plaintiffs accepted, in settlement, a dismissal with prejudice in exchange for a letter of apology and $321. Agreed Order (July 30, 2003).
Earlier this year, Welch brought suit against Debbie Muhammad and Kenneth J. Leggin. See Complaint, Case No. 05 L 001813 (Feb. 15, 2005). Welch again charged defamation and invasion of privacy, based on statements that, among other things, Welch had been “fired by Bellwood School District 88 for allegedly committing forgery.” The statements were made by Debbie Muhammad on a radio program entitled “Viewpoints from the Other Side.” Chris Welch again sought compensatory damages in excess of $5,000,000 per count. This complaint, too, was legally insufficient on its face and was dismissed as to Leggin. See Motion to Dismiss; Order (May 19, 2005). Muhammad asserted the truth of her statements and had prepared to defend the suit on those grounds. However, Welch abandoned his claim against Muhammad, and it was dismissed for want of prosecution.
Both previous defamation suits brought by Chris Welch were attempts to silence and / or punish political critics. The Concerned Citizens suit arose our of a political newspaper advertisement; the Muhammad suit was brought against a political opponent and his supporter, and arose out of statements the defendants had made in the course of the campaign.
In this case, James J. Roche and Chris Welch filed complaints they knew to be false and meritless, simply to further their goal of putting Mr. Nyberg “out of business,” i.e., out of the business of criticizing Chris Welch during a campaign. They decided to drop their claims, rather than risk judgment on the merits, as soon as it was apparent that Mr. Nyberg would be defended. This is Welch’s and Roche’s third round of strikingly similar activity, their strategy of using lawsuits to silence critics so much a matter of course that they do not even bother to accurately check their facts of attach the correct exhibits. These lawsuits are frivolous and sanctionable.
Just days before, on Feb. 15, Welch filed a lawsuit against Leggin and community member Debbie Muhammad for allegedly making defamatory statements to local newspapers and on a radio talk show.
"Everything I said was factual," Muhammad said. "It's frivolous. He just doesn't want anybody to mention (anything bad about) him during campaign time."
The lawsuit said Muhammad's statements on the radio, which eluded to Welch's record as a District 209 Board member and Bellwood School District 88 Board attorney, were false claims that he had committed crimes or participated in corruption and had "reduced (the) level of credibility and electability as a board member."
Say what you will about the so-called mainstream media, but no industry agonizes more about how to improve its product, police its own members and better serve its communities.
Bloggers persist no matter their contributions or quality, though most would have little to occupy their time were the mainstream media to disappear tomorrow.
What Golding demonstrated - and what we're witnessing as the Blogosphere's offspring multiply - is that people tend to abuse power when it is unearned and will bring down others to enhance themselves. Likewise, many bloggers seek the destruction of others for their own self-aggrandizement.
We can't silence them, but for civilization's sake - and the integrity of information by which we all live or die - we can and should ignore them.
Proviso Township Republican Committeeman Rick Klaczynski said he had every intention of running for re-election, but got tied up at work as he watched the deadline pass.
Prosecutors say on the night of October 13th at about 8 o'clock Wallace called a friend and said he was depressed and wanted to kill someone so he could get his name in the news.
FENWICK OUSTS PROVISO EAST 55-53 IN OVERTIME
Derrek Tartt's basket with 3:05 left in the extra session put the Friars (6-4) ahead for good in a first round victory over Proviso East (7-3), Peter Flowers led Fenwick with 15 and Jerak Stanback scored 18 for the Pirates.
Mark L. Graves, 32, 1709 22nd Ave., Melrose Park, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 22, on a Cook County warrant on charges of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance.
Maurice Wallace, 27, who lived in the same block as Adeyooye, was charged in her death earlier this month and has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, concealing a homicide and theft of a motor vehicle. He is being held in lieu of more than $2 million bond.
A possible new state ban on the sale of junk food and soda in elementary and middle schools won't have an impact on public institutions serving students from Franklin Park, Northlake and unincorporated Leyden Township.
That's because Mannheim District 83, Franklin Park District 84 and Berkeley District 87, which includes part of Northlake, currently have no vending machines or sales of junk food or soda in their buildings.
With a citizen's help, three juveniles allegedly involved in an armed robbery in Maywood were apprehended.
A 16-year-old Maywood resident has been arrested and charged as an adult with armed robbery and aggravated use of a weapon. His two alleged accomplices were charged with disorderly conduct.
Mayor Anthony Calderone denied a request last week from Commissioner Patrick Doolin to hold a closed session meeting of the Village council to discuss hiring a private investigator to look into several allegations of past police brutality that have arisen during the termination hearing of Sgt. Dan Harder.
How can Mayor Calderone deny a request to discuss this issue in closed session? I believe during a meeting there was discussion about police brutality involving Sergeant Mike Murphy and Chief Jim Ryan took complete responsibility for Sergeant Murphy's behavior. I believe Mayor Calderone might be afraid that the promise Chief Ryan made will come back to haunt both him and Chief Ryan.
Calderone said that though the allegations may be investigated at some point in the future, it would be "irresponsible" to hire someone to look into them before the Harder matter has been concluded and both the complete set of allegations and the corresponding cross examination have been heard.
Strange how Mayor Calderone did not delay the investigation of Lt. Steve Johnsen until after he testified in the Harder trial. Why was this not done. Could it be that Mayor Calderone and crew want to use the investigation of Lt. Johnsen as a means of intimidation for anyone coming forward and telling the truth about the immoral condition of the Forest Park Police Department?
I'm not going to start witch hunts based on one night of testimony...I want to let this process continue a little bit first. Then I'll take a look at the transcripts at that point in time and have converstation with the Chief of Police to find out what really happened. To do it now is crazy.
This is the exact reason why you cannot have a man with no formal education running a Municipal Government. He calls this a witch hunt based on one night of testimony. I can assure you that there have been many conversations and many written documents directed at the Mayor before the Harder trial. If he says this is based on one night of testimony, his lack of integrity and honesty is gone. He cannot make the statement that he did not know what was going on in the Police Department, too many different people have told him. Nice try Mayor Calderone.
Calderone expressed skepticism of Johnsen's testimony, noting that Johnsen may have a "skewed outlook" due to his disappointment at not being named police chief when the position was open in 2003.
Interesting, because if you really believe that Mayor Calderone then you believe Lt. Johnsen to be a liar. If you thought he was a liar then where is the investigation about a police administrator making up allegations or falsehoods? The Wrigleyville rapist event happened in January of 2005. That is an irresponsible comment and you think it allows you to avoid doing the right thing. You are not qualified to lead the Village of Forest Park.
Calderone also questioned whether Doolin's outlook was similarly skewed by his status as Johnsen's longtime partner in the real estate business.
I guess Mayor Calderone has trouble following the facts. He must be trying to make up stories and spins to make himself look like he knows what he is doing. I guess Mayor Calderone forgot that Carl Nyberg sent a letter to Village Administrator Mike Sturino questioning his administration's handling of police brutality and the brutality allegations. When Nyberg was rejected by Sturino he went to a Village Commissioner. Commissioner Doolin took the right action by asking for a closed door meeting with other members of the council. I guess Mayor Calderone does not realize that the voters are watching his every move and his failure to investigate these allegations immediately is irresponsible to the taxpayers and our insurance company.
We've seen firsthand what civil litigation costs the taxpayers of this village. I'm concerned that the village is just settling brutality lawsuits without conducting any internal investigation within the department.
Who sounds like they have a handle on how a government should be run Mayor stick your head in the sand or Commissioner Doolin?
Calderone said that though the allegations have sparked his curiosity, he would prefer to wait "until we know what we're intestigating" before we take the next step. I don't want to piecemeal the approach. I don't want to go back to the chief eight times when I could have done it once.
This gets more and more incredible! This peaked the Mayor's curiosity! How nice we have his attention. I guess it takes the testimony of Lt. Johnsen, Lt. Weiler, Sgt. Harder and Officer Hall, numerous lawsuits of police brutality against the village, an EEOC complaint, newspaper columnists, bloggers and insurance companies to peak the Mayor's curiosity.
I don't want the Mayor ruining the carpet by going back and forth with the chief. God forbid. I tell you what a real administrator does; he gives the chief one day to get every piece of paper associated with allegations of police brutality on his desk. No excuses. No time delays.
How much more proof do we need to see that Mayor Calderone just does not possess the credentials or intelligence to be the top executive of the Village of Forest Park.
These allegations should be investigated by an outside company. How can you ask the man in charge, Chief Ryan, about the allegations? He is the man who has screwed them up or covered them up in the first place. My God what is Calderone thinking.
This might be the most important point. Maybe Calderone realizes that if there was a proper investigation by an outside company, his main man and complainant against Sgt. Harder would be found out to be a liar, unethical, and guilty of covering up serious misdeeds by police personnel. It has to be the case because to not investigate these allegations immediately is irresponsible and potentially costly to our village.
Try and imagine the publicity it would cause if one of these police officers shots, beats up, or harms a citizen starting now and until he conducts an investigation between himself and the man responsible for this catastrophe. If you think the Village of Forest Park looks foolish now wait until we make the National news.
Gidwitz donated $10,000 or more to the Field Museum, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Lyric Opera, Uhlich Children's Advantage Network to help severely troubled children, Providence-St. Mel School, the Steppenwolf Theater, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Children's Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry.
Misdemeanor charges against a former candidate for the Proviso Township District 209 School Board have been dropped.
Ken Leggin was charged in February with endangering the life of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a child after he was arrested by Memorial Park District police for allegedly stealing political yard signs.
The girls saw the boy's pellet gun and ran through a school hallway and into a bathroom. The boy entered the bathroom after them and shot Schembnauer's daughter in the leg. Another student entered the bathroom at that time, and the boy shot that student as well. Schembnauer said there had been one other victim but didn't know the circumstances surrounding that incident.
According to board minutes furnished the examiner, and the annual statement for FY 1997 filed with the Department of Insurance, the board incurred surrender changes in excess of $227,000 on several surrendered annuity contracts.
Police suspect a motorist was going 110 m.p.h. early this morning when he crashed into the rear of a semi-trailer truck on the Eisenhower Expressway in west suburban Hillside, CLTV reported.
A former Oak Brook school official [David Grayson, 64, of La Grange Park] already facing sexual misconduct charges involving a student was charged Thursday with stealing $20,000 worth of electronic equipment.
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I will not be moved by outsiders who only care about power and control. I am accountable to the residents of Proviso Township and constituents within the 7th representative district.
So I am asking for your support for my candidacy as Proviso Township Committeeman!
Let us send a clear message to the power brokers and say "no" to the Demo-hacks and "yes" to the Democrats!
The examination of this pesion fund covers the period beginning May 1, 1999 and ending April 30, 2001. This examination dated May 29, 2002, was performed by qualified examiners of the Department of Insurance, State of Illinois, as authorized under 40 ILCS 6/1A-104.
The annual statements for the same period, as submitted to the Department of Insurance, could not be verified by comparison to the annual audit of the fund.
The findings of the examiners, based upon the financial statement and supporting information contained in this report of examination, are summarized as follows:
1. The board is not holding annual elections for President and Secretary.
2. The expiration dates of office of the elected trustees cannot be determined.
3. The expiration dates of the appointed Trustees are not known.
4. The treasurer is not a required signer on accounts of the fund.
5. The treasurer is not acting in his capacity as custodian of the pension fund.
6. The board did not furnish CPA Audits for review for years FY 2000 and FY 2001.
7. Fund members convicted of crimes are in receipt of a pension.
8. Taxes are not being levied in an amount sufficient to meet the annual actuarial requirements of the fund.
9. The board has not adopted a written Investment Policy.
10. The fund's FY 2001 investment holdings in a variable annuity contract exceeds teh 45% limit set under the Pension Code.
11. Minutes of board meetings should be expanded to include those items listed in the "Corporate Records" section of this report.
1. We already have world gov't in the form of the WTO.
2. The WTO is a theocratic oligarchy with a judiciary, but no legislature.
3. The theology of the WTO and other neo-liberal institutions is neo-liberal economics. (I didn't clearly explain neo-liberal economics is Adam Smith fundamentalism. It holds the invisible hand will fix everything.)
4. The GOP has successfully built an alliance of world government proponents and opponents.
5. There is no conflict between the Dems and GOP on neo-liberal economics because the elites of both parties are members of the faith.
6. The neo-liberals see the proper role of domestic politics as being food fights over social hot button issues while economic policy is set by un-elected elites.
7. "The Republican Party exists to consolidate wealth and power for the rich and powerful."
8. But the Democrats suck too.
9. It will probably take a hugely destructive war to fix the problems in our international government.
Loretta Robinson said the village has 22,000 registered cars and only 11,000 have Maywood stickers on them. She believes if the village would be more aggressive in enforcing the rules, there would be less of a need to raise taxes.
[Mack] also said Graham was not given due process.
Errors in the way aging meters report water use has resulted in years of low bills in Westchester that may have cost the village $360,000 in revenue.
A class action lawsuit that successfully challenged municipal fees on cell phones will cost Brookfield about $81,000.
The village was named one of the defendants in a suit filed in the late 1990s by several cell phone companies challenging the constitutionality of municipal taxes on cell phone use. The suit concluded in mid-November.
Brookfield employed an independent health inspector for $900 a month until Cook County took over inspections in December.
Because Hillside is a home rule community, no referendum is required to raise the tax levy beyond the 5 percent or the rate of inflation cap for non-home rule municipalities.
Your letter references a matter that is currently pending before the Village of Forest Park Police and Fire Commission, as well as a matter that constitutes "pending litigation." The Village of Forest Park does not comment on such matters to protect the interests of the parties and out of respect for the legal process.
Please be assured that all claims of misconduct are investigated. Thank you for your interest in this matter.
Dear Commissioner Doolin,
I have received Michael J. Sturino's letter dated December 8, 2005. He basically told me he wouldn't respond to my concerns about decisions made by village leadership regarding the police department.
I request you ask Village Administrator Sturino some questions on my behalf. I am concerned that Sturino and others have put have put the village on a path that will bring the community shame and cost the village (taxpayers) millions in legal fees and settlements.
1. Has Forest Park changed insurers more frequently than it would have otherwise because of police brutality settlements?
2. Who is Forest Park's insurance broker? Is some politically connected individual profiting from Forest Park's failure to address its police brutality problem?
B. Legal advice
1. To what extent has the village attorney participated in decisions about the four alleged incidents of police brutality reported by Sgt. Dan Harder?
2. To what extent has the village attorney participated in decisions about Forest Park's legal strategy in disciplining Harder?
3. If the lawyer wasn't involved in crafting Forest Park's legal strategies from the beginning, why wasn't he? Isn't this exactly why the village retains a lawyer?
4. Doe the attorney concur with the legal strategies being implemented? If the attorney did not concur with the legal strategy, was this information conveyed to all commissioners in a timely manner?
5. Has the attorney made recommendations in writing? What is the date on these recommendations?
6. If the attorney refuses to make recommendations in writing, should the citizens be concerned that the attorney believes Forest Park is pursuing a foolish legal strategy and that he doesn't want to be held accountable for the folly in the future (but he wants to continue to be paid for hanging around)?
1. How does Forest Park define "claim of misconduct"? What does it take to trigger an investigation of brutality or abuse by a police officer?
2. Are these policies in writing?
3. Who is responsible for enforcing them?
4. Have they been consistently enforced?
1. What constitutes a proper investigation of police misconduct?
2. What makes it necessary to use an outside investigator? Are these policies in writing?
3. In the four incidents reported by Harder, were investigations conducted? When? By whom? How long were the written reports submitted b the investigating officers?
Thank you for assistance in this matter.
cc: Michael Sturino
The La Grange Park Village Board unanimously approved a 61 percent increase to the village's property tax levy over the prior year...
Print and TV journalist Joan Biskupic can be seen and heard discussing her Biography of Sandra Day O’Connor at Centuries & Sleuths at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 9. Come see and hear this exceptionally bright, witty young woman. We are lucky to have her here in Forest Park.
But what’s true of Forest Park District 91 is not true everywhere, and the good guys in public education cannot afford to cover up for the corruption and mismanagement that drags the system down in so many local schools....
Still, it was rather discouraging, and seemed a bit arrogant, that three hours intended for a public discussion by school administrators on what they need to do to improve public education ended up being thrown back in parents’ faces as a harangue on what they’re doing wrong.
Libka’s criticism of No Child Left Behind was minimal compared to other administrators, but he did note that the tests by which the act measures each school district "doesn’t measure progress, but measures a student’s level at a certain point in time."
Jerry Jordan, superintendent of Lindop District 92, also spoke out about funding, but from a different angle: Tax caps.
He said the taxing restraints, which prohibit school districts from increasing taxes higher than either the consumer-price index or 5 percent, whichever is lower, are too strict and will eventually result in nearly every district going broke, Jordan said.
The Veterans Memorial Post 6869 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States will host a ceremony in remembrance of Pearl Harbor at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in front of the VFW hall, 2622 S. Des Plaines Ave., North Riverside.
Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.
For more information, call VFW Post 6869 at (708) 579-7289.
Forest Park Village Administrator
517 Des Plaines
Forest Park, IL 60130
December 5, 2005
Dear Mike Sturino,
I have read Sgt. Dan Harder’s complaint to the EEOC that has been retaliated against for his role in the sexual harassment suit against the Forest Park Police Department. I find his version of events more persuasive than the Forest Park Police Department’s version of events.
I don’t have any tolerance for police brutality. And to me the police brutality allegations are the nut on which the conflict turns. If Harder’s allegations are lies, Forest Park should be firing him for lying about other police officers. If Harder’s allegations are true, Forest Park looks completely venal firing an honest cop for inconvenient sick days while turning a blind eye to more serious abuses by other officers.
While speaking to a lawyer at the Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Justice Department today on another matter, I learned that allegations of abuse against a handcuffed individual automatically trigger an investigation. Three of Harder’s allegations involve individuals already handcuffed when abused.
I will wait until December 12, 2005 to make a complaint to the Justice Department. If I am convinced Forest Park is working to investigate the actual misconduct and desisting from harassment of Sgt. Harder, I will not forward Harder’s allegations to the Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Justice Department. But this needs to be more than sham investigations and a “no harm, no foul” call.
Of course, if Harder is manufacturing allegations of misconduct then Forest Park has nothing to fear from an investigation by the Justice Department.
Cc: Seth Stern, Forest Park Review