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Proviso Probe

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Forest Park police officer accused of rape

Forest Park Review (Josh Adams)
A Forest Park police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while state police investigate an allegation of sexual assault against him. No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made, village officials said, but a Forest Park woman reportedly named the officer in a criminal complaint filed with the Forest Park police.

The alleged assault occurred during the late evening hours of Saturday, Aug. 11 or early morning hours of Aug. 12 when the officer was off duty, according to Mayor Anthony Calderone. The mayor said he was not aware of the circumstances leading up to the alleged assault, nor was he clear on the relationship between the officer and the woman....

Ryan refused Friday to answer any questions, saying only that he cannot comment on personnel matters.

If Ryan can't comment on personnel matters, why could Village Administrator Michael Sturino comment on the brother of a police sergeant being implicated in something? Is there one standard for allies of Calderone, Sturino and Ryan and a separate standard for those on their hit list?
"There is no allegation of combative, physical harm," Calderone said in an interview Friday. "This allegation centers around what would be considered a rape."

Hmmm... Well, maybe the village can comment on personnel matters and ongoing investigations if the comments serve the interests of the accused criminals (and if the accused criminals are also Forest Park police officers).

When Forest Park police arrested Paul Cruikshank for attempted rape, did the Forest Park PD wait to release his name until charges were filed? See Sun-Times (Maureen O'Donnell).

[UPDATE: Forest Park Review (Josh Adams) is now including a more detailed history of the Forest Park Police Department.]

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  • It's bad enough that minorities are not safe in Forest Park around the cops, woman are also no longer safe around Forest Park cops. Pretty soon only white male bodybuilders will be safe to walk, live or drive through Forest Park. Way to go Chief Ryan & Mayor Calderone.

    By Anonymous Boys In Blue, at 2:35 PM, August 20, 2007  

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