Heatherly cries discrimination in ESL

Heatherly cries discrimination in ESL

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Collinsville, IL

#1 Oct 29, 2007
White cop hired to work on ESL force has yet to spend one day on patrol

Chris HeatherlySays he is a victim of discrimination
BY BETH HUNDSDORFER
News-Democrat

Chris Heatherly wants to be an East St. Louis cop.

He completed the application. He finished the testing. He got hired in December. He got sworn-in last month.

He still hasn't gone to work.

"I'm a police officer, but I am not working. I'm not doing what I was trained to do," Heatherly said. "I'm not on the payroll. I'm unemployed."

Heatherly, who is white, filed a complaint Sept. 29 with the Illinois Human Rights Commission, alleging the predominately black city discriminated against him because of his race.

Heatherly said he believes he is being retaliated against because he previously complained of racial discrimination and sought legal relief, and agreed to testify and has testified in legal proceedings on behalf of others who allege they have been discriminated against.

"No matter what color you are, I treat you equally," Heatherly said. "If you are a good guy, I'll treat you like a good guy. If you are a bad guy, I'll treat you like a bad guy. It's that simple."

Chief Michael Baxton maintains Heatherly will join the East St. Louis police soon, but a few personnel issues are being straightened out.

"He's coming on. I've been told that. There's just a few things left to do," Baxton said.

Heatherly already completed an application, a drug test, physical agility test, a medical exam and a background check before he was hired, he said.

"I was hired. I did everything everyone had to do," Heatherly said. "Put me to work."

Last month, Parks asked the City Council to hire 15 full-time police officers in a city that already has seen 27 murders this year.

Heatherly was hired by a now-embattled East St. Louis Board of Fire and Police Commissioners from an emergency hire list created after officers racked up hours of overtime and vacancies needed to be filled quickly.

Baxton called Heatherly the "most qualified" candidate of the three officers hired in December. The two others hired from the list went to work in February -- Luther Woods, a former Perry County Sheriff's deputy, and Bruce Hortstmann, a former Belleville police officer.

Horstmann was fired last month after fighting outside a Belleville bar. Woods continues to work for the department.

Mayor Alvin Parks urged the board to hire more officers. Commissioners Della Murphy and Wyatt Frazer resigned Oct. 18. The council voted a week earlier to fire Murphy, Frazer and Isadore Chambers. Murphy contended Parks wanted to hire 25 part-time officers, instead of 17 full-time officers to break the police officer's union. A new board was seated Oct. 17 that includes Chambers, Larry Hampton and Verge Riley.

While politicians wrangle, the officers continue to work long hours. And Heatherly waits.

The Heatherly household budget is getting stretched. Heatherly recently convinced the power company not to shut off his service because the bill was overdue. The savings are gone. Heatherly's salary supports his wife and their four kids. He's getting worried.

With 12 years of experience with Washington Park, Brooklyn and Cahokia police departments, Heatherly said he's never been disciplined or fired. He also trained in interviewing techniques and SWAT tactics. He chose to apply at East St. Louis because he feels he can help the most there.

"If you were a plumber, you would want to go to where the leaks are," Heatherly said. "The people there need help. I want to help. I miss being a cop."
for what it is worth

United States

#2 Oct 29, 2007
I think that Chris has had problems at almost every department he has worked for.

VIDEO OF CONFRONTATION BETWEEN OFFICER, TRUSTEE IS MISSING

WASHINGTON PARK -- A videotape showing a village trustee's aggressive actions toward a cop has disappeared from a police evidence locker.

It was the central piece of evidence in a misdemeanor prosecution on charges of obstructing and assaulting a police officer filed about a year ago against Buddy McNatt, 60, a member of the village board.

"I don't know where it is. I've looked everywhere, all over this place. I can't find it," said Washington Park Police Chief Wendell Wilson. He said he contacted Alonzo Perrin, the former police chief, about the videotape but still could not learn its whereabouts. The videotape was shot from a camera in a police car.

Chris Heatherly, who was working as a police officer in Washington Park on Dec. 28, 2000, claimed McNatt interfered that day when he attempted to ticket several vehicles parked at McNatt's roofing business headquarters. Heatherly now works as a guard at the St. Clair County Jail.

Initially, McNatt has said Heatherly had attacked him, knocked him to the ground, and pointed his service handgun at him.

He was backed up by Public Safety Director John "Chico" Matt who gave about the same account.

But a videotape shot from Heatherly's police cruiser showed that Heatherly never drew his weapon and that McNatt appeared to be the aggressor. The grainy tape shows McNatt rushing to confront Heatherly in the street, and then rolling up his sleeves in a fighting posture.

The tape showed that Heatherly turned away from McNatt and then walked to one of McNatt's parked vehicles and looked inside. At that point, the tape shows that McNatt walked up behind Heartherly and touched the officer's shoulder causing him to spin around and, by grabbing McNatt's arm, force him to the ground.

"It's real convenient that this turns up missing," said Heatherly on Thursday, "but it doesn't surprise me." He said that a prosecutor told him last week that the tape was missing but that the case was still headed to trial. A trial date has not been set.

McNatt said Thursday that he received a letter last month from his lawyer stating that the charges had been dismissed. He could not produce the letter on Thursday.

McNatt has repeatedly said that despite what the tape appears to show, he never hindered or assaulted Heatherly.

Brooklyn:

http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-ilsdce...

Since: Oct 07

Cahokia

#3 Oct 29, 2007
Chris Heatherly has better things to do than become a cop. He needs to watch what his racist and discriminatory children. One of his sons, were making fun of a homosexual student at Cahokia High. Another son, is just plain white trash.

Since: Oct 07

Cahokia

#4 Oct 29, 2007
sorry about the typo. 'watch his racist' *
used to know them

United States

#6 Oct 29, 2007
He has four children, three boys and a girl, who for what it is worth, think that they are better than everyone and a nasty (at least she used to be) wife. They lost their house (foreclosure I think) and were living in the Holiday Inn. Are they living in Cahokia now, since that is where his children go to school or are they living in ESL?

Since: Oct 07

Cahokia

#7 Oct 29, 2007
There is no telling used to know them. Honestly, I don't care. Although I do see where you are coming from, and I agree, where the hell is their house? He really needs to watch his kids, they aren't going to last in the real world, homosexuals are everywhere, and we're NOT going away, or changing because of some stupid children who think that they are smarter, better, or anything above the rest of the people here in Cahokia.

They live in a hotel? Ha! Losers.
Sorry for my childish comment.
heatherly

East Saint Louis, IL

#8 Nov 2, 2007
hey bitch my address is 135 st dorothy court cahokia il so if you have a problem then come see me we can talk like adults or you can stay on the computer and hide like the litle bitch you are. and as far as the kids racist have you lost your mind all there friends are black and if this is who i think is man for GOD sake dude get a life.
for what it is worth

Saint Louis, MO

#9 Nov 2, 2007
heatherly wrote:
hey bitch my address is 135 st dorothy court cahokia il so if you have a problem then come see me we can talk like adults or you can stay on the computer and hide like the litle bitch you are. and as far as the kids racist have you lost your mind all there friends are black and if this is who i think is man for GOD sake dude get a life.
Great, this coming from a "cop".
fba graduate

Cave Creek, AZ

#11 Nov 2, 2007
i think that the heatherly family is a great family and i know them personally.Seirra(their daughter) is one of the sweetest gurls i know.so dont get it twisted. thats an amazing family..everybody has their struggles so untill you find your self "perfect" leave them alone

Since: Oct 07

Cahokia

#12 Nov 2, 2007
fba graduate wrote:
i think that the heatherly family is a great family and i know them personally.Seirra(their daughter) is one of the sweetest gurls i know.so dont get it twisted. thats an amazing family..everybody has their struggles so untill you find your self "perfect" leave them alone
I never said i was "perfect" and i dont know seirra but i know the heatherly children whose names arn't worth typing and they have some serious issues that need to be checked out!

Since: Oct 07

Cahokia

#14 Nov 2, 2007
Sierra Nicole Heatherly wrote:
you people never fail to amaze me .. you sit at a computer and totally trash people to make your self feel so much better , if you think this "hurts our feeling's" you are so wrong ..when my parents told me about this i laughed so hard.. rasict? ha .. yeah okay ..our whole family hangs out with majority black people ..so you really need to check up on your reserch...and for beig homophobic.. get real this is 2007 and calling people " gay or fagit" is in everyones vocabulary .. its not beng homophobic it is how our world is.. get use to it..
oh and FOR WHAT ITS WORTH and METALLICA 2..that was from is wife .. not him .. my dad is an amazing man and a wonderful cop.. the sad thing is he has to put up with pieces of shit like you who cant even come out and say who they really are because there afraid of 15 and 16 year old boy's for calling them a ca ca word.. i feel SO bad for you ..
and like my mom said we live at 135 St. Dorothy its in St. Joesph Garden..stop by and we WILL descuss this silly little misunderstanding further :)
Love always
Sierra Heatherly!
Hey i heard you recently learned you have AIDS... From your brothers and dog.....
heatherly

East Saint Louis, IL

#15 Nov 2, 2007
okay first grow up second go to school get an education so you can speek proper, third i have ask my children not to get on here any more and comment ass hole such as your self its clearly in the comments you have made that you have not a clue about my family and i feel sorry for you must of had a bad time with one of the boys or you wouldnt be so bitter, good luck to you i hope you can fine happiness somewhere or someway so you don't have to talk bad about someones family to feel good about your self its ok come out of the closet.and just to let you know we do know who you are and right now with the the lawyer and the hole slander thing we have going on, im not to sure you would want to say anything eles have a great night.
THE MOM!!!!!!!
EXPLOSED

AOL

#16 Nov 2, 2007
"go to school and get an education so you can SPEEK proper" LMAO!!!!!!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!! I'm sorry. That's just too dang funny.
You guys get it!
BTW... your self is one word... yourself.
WOW! Shall we talk about run-on sentences, also?
Patricia, I think it's about time for you to go back to school! Join your children IF they are still in school.
If your husband hadn't been employed for a "VERY SHORT TIME" in all the other departments he worked for and not fired from each, he might have a fighting chance. Having worked for 4-5 departments in the past 10 years isn't a good record (just in case you don't know). Isn't that why Cahokia wont't hire him? Good Luck with your lawsuit. It seems like this is the way you make your living. Isnt your rent due? Won't you be moving soon, again? You never stay too long in one place! HA HA HA! Get a life and stop sponging off the rest of the people in your life.
Oh, and another question. Why is it you can't hold a job? What's your job record? How many jobs have you been fired from because of money missing? HA HA HA HA!
Dang.... guess I know too much, huh?
Oh.. just one more thing. This isn't liable or slander so you can't sue me. Sorry. It's just questions I'm asking. Drop that law suit against me before you get to your attorney. HA HA HA HA!
Resident

East Saint Louis, IL

#17 Nov 3, 2007
Sierra Nicole Heatherly wrote:
you people never fail to amaze me .. you sit at a computer and totally trash people to make your self feel so much better , if you think this "hurts our feeling's" you are so wrong ..when my parents told me about this i laughed so hard.. rasict? ha .. yeah okay ..our whole family hangs out with majority black people ..so you really need to check up on your reserch...and for beig homophobic.. get real this is 2007 and calling people " gay or fagit" is in everyones vocabulary .. its not beng homophobic it is how our world is.. get use to it..
oh and FOR WHAT ITS WORTH and METALLICA 2..that was from is wife .. not him .. my dad is an amazing man and a wonderful cop.. the sad thing is he has to put up with pieces of shit like you who cant even come out and say who they really are because there afraid of 15 and 16 year old boy's for calling them a ca ca word.. i feel SO bad for you ..
and like my mom said we live at 135 St. Dorothy its in St. Joesph Garden..stop by and we WILL descuss this silly little misunderstanding further :)
Love always
Sierra Heatherly!
Don't slam this family, I think it's great they ONLY hang out w/black thugs from Cahokia-don't you?? Don't worry to much, being that he is NOT a cop ANYWHERE he doesn't have to put up w/any pieces of shit anywhere! Just a little bit of info...the rest of the CIVILIZED world have learned from their parents values how to live and let live and to repect other peoples values(rather it be religion, politics or a personal lifestyle.) I don't think there is any reason to DISCUSS this misunderstanding. I believe people are posting on this forum to discuss different issues, not to actually be called out to someone's home for an all out street fight-what is w/all the violent behavior???
Sauget

United States

#18 Nov 3, 2007
for what it is worth wrote:
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Great, this coming from a "cop".
Lets get one thing straight,He never was a police officer in Cahokia, he was what they call a park ranger ( something like a security guard), if someone is doing something wrong the park ranger calls the police. Also I don't know if anyone is aware of Chris, but is a manager of the Penthouse club in Sauget, which is against the Illinois State law for a police officer to work for a place of business which is licensed to sell open alcohol. I am sure if the Illinois State Police Training Board would know that Chris was working @ the Penthouse, he would not have his commission any longer.
Heatherly

East Saint Louis, IL

#19 Nov 3, 2007
You people amaze me you are the same people who say hi to me every morning then you hide behind you computer to slam me. not one of you have a clue to who I am and what i've done. for your information, not that you two faced people deserve it, I was on the Cahokia Police dept and have done more for every race, creed and color of people than all of you bitter computer jerks. I've served honorably in the U.S. military for twelve years and have had two combat tours. I would not even read the garbage you spew except someone told me about it. I wanted to see for myself. I could not beleive people I know would be so devoid of honor and integrity, but i guess you are. I no longer work at the Penthouse but even if I did it's really not your business. so go on with your back stabbing way of life and leave me and my family alone
Resident

East Saint Louis, IL

#20 Nov 3, 2007
Heatherly wrote:
You people amaze me you are the same people who say hi to me every morning then you hide behind you computer to slam me. not one of you have a clue to who I am and what i've done. for your information, not that you two faced people deserve it, I was on the Cahokia Police dept and have done more for every race, creed and color of people than all of you bitter computer jerks. I've served honorably in the U.S. military for twelve years and have had two combat tours. I would not even read the garbage you spew except someone told me about it. I wanted to see for myself. I could not beleive people I know would be so devoid of honor and integrity, but i guess you are. I no longer work at the Penthouse but even if I did it's really not your business. so go on with your back stabbing way of life and leave me and my family alone
People would leave your family alone, if your family would leave others alone as well. Come on, are you actually going to say you don't what they are doing out on the streets-everyone else does. I see you guys like to be in the paper-why not send these wonderful comments to them also.
Heatherly

East Saint Louis, IL

#21 Nov 3, 2007
If you have children then you know no matter what you do to teach them right, kids will do things that are wrong. If you do not have children come talk to me when you do. Then we will see if yours are perfect. You can send these comments to anyone you like, go ahead. The news people came to me not vice-versa
Heatherly

East Saint Louis, IL

#22 Nov 3, 2007
I just want you to know that I wont be reading any more of this useless dribble. If you would like to discuss anything that is going on, I would be more than happy to talk to you. This is an honest offer. You already have my address. So please come talk. I'm not being confrontational just wish to allow everyone the chance to talk and clear up the misconseptions that seem to be out there.
Sauget

United States

#23 Nov 3, 2007
Heatherly wrote:
I just want you to know that I wont be reading any more of this useless dribble. If you would like to discuss anything that is going on, I would be more than happy to talk to you. This is an honest offer. You already have my address. So please come talk. I'm not being confrontational just wish to allow everyone the chance to talk and clear up the misconseptions that seem to be out there.
I guess your family members are proud of you working in a strip bar with drugs. Also did you not have trouble in Washington Park police department with missing items, maybe thats how you obtained that broken down corvette. Does your family know what you did at the Penthouse? What a loser.

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