Former Harvey cop gets $600,000 in federal lawsuit
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#1 Jan 24, 2013
Former Harvey cop gets $600,000 in federal lawsuit
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter [email protected] January 24, 2013 4:25PM
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:35PM
A Harvey cop who was forced to patrol in an unsafe squad car without his K-9 partner as revenge for his political opposition to Mayor Eric Kellogg was awarded $600,000 in damages Thursday by a federal jury.
Former police officer Alex Gbur was shot at by a gang member on the night of Sept. 26, 2006, but couldn’t call for help because the decrepit squad car he was assigned had a broken radio. Just hours later, Metra police officer Thomas Cook was killed in the high-crime south suburb — allegedly by the same gunman.
An emotional Gbur testified at trial he was ordered to work without his police dog, and to take the “deathtrap” squad car, in retaliation for backing the mayoral campaign of Kellogg rival Marion Beck, and for giving evidence to a Department of Justice probe of racism within the Harvey Police Department.
A jury took less than four hours to reject Kellogg and the City of Harvey’s denials, awarding Gbur $500,000 in compensatory damages and ordering Kellogg to pay an additional $75,000 in punitive damages. Former Police Chief Andrew Joshua was ordered to pay $25,000 in punitive damages.
#3 Jan 25, 2013
This sounds about right for HPD
#4 Jan 25, 2013
Kellogg needs to plant a few more money trees, or hold a heluvalotta "friends and family" fundraisers to break that 75 stack nut!
#5 Jan 25, 2013
Lynwood building inspector pleaded guilty to taking bribes in Riverdale in '08
By Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune reporter
9:31 pm, January 25, 2013
A hidden camera captured the exchange between Riverdale building inspector Roy McKinney and the owner of an apartment building who had been given numerous citations by McKinney and others.
"How much do I owe you for taking care of the tickets?" the owner asked McKinney in the living room of a vacant apartment, according to court records. "That's up to you," said McKinney, who was wearing his building inspector badge, before accepting $300 in cash and stuffing it in his pocket.
About two weeks later, McKinney took another $200 from the same man, who said, "For them tickets, you know what I'm saying" before handing McKinney the money, records say.
The owner was working as an informant and had tipped off authorities to possible corruption. McKinney, 59, pleaded guilty this month to felony bribery and official misconduct related to the 2008 videotaped incidents. Yet his job title hasn't changed much. The former Riverdale building inspector and zoning director is still working as a building inspector in south suburban Lynwood.
Lynwood Mayor Eugene Williams said he knew of the conviction but has no reason to fire McKinney, who he said is an excellent employee. He said there is no indication that McKinney, who was hired in Lynwood before the criminal charges were filed, has done anything illegal while working for Lynwood, a small village about 30 miles from downtown Chicago along the Illinois-Indiana border.
"He's a very good employee — an outstanding employee," Williams said. "There's no reason for me to terminate him."
"From our perspective, I have no reason to punish him here — I don't know what the village of Lynwood has to do with it at this point in time," he said. "I won't tolerate any kind of wrongdoing here."
McKinney was sentenced to 30 months of probation and fined $500. He declined to comment when reached by phone Friday.
Building and zoning inspectors hold considerable sway over businesses, and the long history of such work in the Chicago area has been scarred at times by those accepting bribes or gifts to look the other way. In recent years, more than a dozen Chicago city workers and private contractors were convicted in a bribery sting in the Zoning and Building departments known as Operation Crooked Code.
Sonya Shearer, president of the Illinois Association of Code Enforcement and Warrenville's code enforcement officer, said the profession is based on honesty and officers must do their work without any outside financial consideration.
"We are based on integrity, and that is not an individual, to me, who has integrity," she said when told of McKinney's conviction.
State records show McKinney continued working in Riverdale until 2009. He was hired by Lynwood a year later and made about $48,000 in 2011, according to state records. McKinney was arrested on bribery and official misconduct charges that same year.
McKinney's attorney in the criminal case did not respond to calls and an email seeking comment.
The McKinney investigation was conducted by the FBI and Cook County state's attorney's public corruption and financial crimes unit. A state's attorney spokeswoman declined to comment on McKinney's job.
#6 Jan 27, 2013
Why cant anyone retreve back copys of the forum concel minutes
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