Channahon Police Suspend Officer Invo...

Channahon Police Suspend Officer Involved in Strip Club Melee

There are 15 comments on the Patch.com story from May 11, 2011, titled Channahon Police Suspend Officer Involved in Strip Club Melee. In it, Patch.com reports that:

"As the result of an inquiry into the off duty conduct of Channahon Police Officer Mark Soustek on April 5th 2011, in a Peoria establishment, I find that his conduct did violate our departmental policy concerning conduct unbecoming a police officer and based on sustaining that allegation, I have suspended him for a period of three days without ...

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yeah right

Wilmington, IL

#1 May 11, 2011
this is b.s. , no criminal charges filed, and only a 3 day suspension.
Michael

United States

#2 May 11, 2011
You're surprised?

These guys are "golden boys", and it'll be swept under the carpet.
They are losers

Corona, CA

#3 May 12, 2011
Not at all
They are losers

Corona, CA

#4 May 12, 2011
Hey, where is his mug shot or his home address. If it was a regular person all that would be made public. No special privileges for a criminal, boo hoo mr. officer, you know the rules.
if it were you

Morris, IL

#5 May 12, 2011
now you know why drew p won,t be convicted and get a big settlement
Retire 1

Minooka, IL

#6 May 13, 2011
You guys are bafoons. The Peoria S/A dropped the charges. No complaint, there is not enough evidence to convict!
They were arrested, bokked and charged by Peoria Police. How can there be any hint of a cover up. One arm of Law Enforcement felt there was a reason to arrest, turns out they were wrong. Maybe these officers have a case of false arrest against Peoria. Again, if there are no cherges then there should be no discipline! How many of you would lose their jobs for being involved in a physical altercation that happens outside of work? How many of you would be told "You lose 3 days pay" for speeding, DUI, a theft or fight that not only didn't happen while you were working, but not even in the area where you work?

Remember, the Peoria County Prosecuter is beholding to the local police and business owners for things like political support and votes at election time. What's he got to lose if he prosecutes this case of outsiders? Nothing. So there must of been etremely bad judgement on the part of the arresting officers in Peoria, there must of been no hint of criminal behavior on our officers.
And finally, if the allegations were true, the local joliet rag would have been all over it like it was in the beginning. No printing of the charges being dropped weeks ago. Why? No sensational store, the joliet rag newspaper and it's substandard liberal reporters couldn't throw mud on the police, until now.
Chief Joe, you are an honorable person, but this was a wrong decision. If you get grieved and lose, you should just close the matter.
Just a bunch of cry babies.
Retire 1

Minooka, IL

#7 May 13, 2011
I know, I know spell check.
Agree

Joliet, IL

#8 May 13, 2011
I 100% agree Retire 1, everyone crying sounds like they have had a brush or two with the LAW. Remember there are always two sides to the story. Innocent until proven guilty isnt that how it goes, and if the county don't think they have enough evidence to file charges then guess what its not the person who was arrested job to convict him or herself. Think people need to educate themselves before opening their mouths.
what

Wilmington, IL

#9 May 13, 2011
Retire 1 wrote:
You guys are bafoons. The Peoria S/A dropped the charges. No complaint, there is not enough evidence to convict!
They were arrested, bokked and charged by Peoria Police. How can there be any hint of a cover up. One arm of Law Enforcement felt there was a reason to arrest, turns out they were wrong. Maybe these officers have a case of false arrest against Peoria. Again, if there are no cherges then there should be no discipline! How many of you would lose their jobs for being involved in a physical altercation that happens outside of work? How many of you would be told "You lose 3 days pay" for speeding, DUI, a theft or fight that not only didn't happen while you were working, but not even in the area where you work?
Remember, the Peoria County Prosecuter is beholding to the local police and business owners for things like political support and votes at election time. What's he got to lose if he prosecutes this case of outsiders? Nothing. So there must of been etremely bad judgement on the part of the arresting officers in Peoria, there must of been no hint of criminal behavior on our officers.
And finally, if the allegations were true, the local joliet rag would have been all over it like it was in the beginning. No printing of the charges being dropped weeks ago. Why? No sensational store, the joliet rag newspaper and it's substandard liberal reporters couldn't throw mud on the police, until now.
Chief Joe, you are an honorable person, but this was a wrong decision. If you get grieved and lose, you should just close the matter.
Just a bunch of cry babies.
no one is going to file charges against the police fraternity on such a ticky tack situation. These were members of the metropolitan drug force, yada yada. People make phone calls and call in favors, etc. It comes down to who you know. Charges wouldn't be filed unless one of those cops did something really bad. It's called professional courtesy retired 1. I am sure you have heard of that. Just saying that if I was in same situation, they would have filed charges and made me prove my innocence.
what

Wilmington, IL

#10 May 13, 2011
Agree wrote:
I 100% agree Retire 1, everyone crying sounds like they have had a brush or two with the LAW. Remember there are always two sides to the story. Innocent until proven guilty isnt that how it goes, and if the county don't think they have enough evidence to file charges then guess what its not the person who was arrested job to convict him or herself. Think people need to educate themselves before opening their mouths.
Certain police officers think they are above the law, they think they walk on water. They forget that our money pays their salary, they have to follow rules, they have to conduct themselves professionally at all times. No license,no entry. Quit bitching. Elk Grove Village has a village law that a id must be presented for any alcohol purchase period. My 87 year old grandmother who drinks wine was denied purchase because of no id. Rules are rules, should she have taunted the cashier. what if it was a cop who was trying to buy, should the cashier looked the other way. Some police abuse their power and should be removed. Some don't have the mindset and the demeanor for the job. There are plenty of unemployed people in will and grundy county who would be happy to have that cushy police job. Whether they were guilty in the strip club incident or not, it leaves room for discussion why charges weren't filed. Was a favor called in for these piece of shit arrogant cops? Etc. etc.
what

Wilmington, IL

#11 May 13, 2011
Tinley cop reportedly had open beer, gun out in crash
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY [email protected] May 12, 2011 03:50PM
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Tinley Park officer charged in hit-and-run crash Tinley Park police officer on leave after fleeing scene of weekend crash A Tinley Park police officer who fled after a May 1 hit-and-run crash in Frankfort had an open glass of Guinness beer and his handgun was resting between his legs when New Lenox police stopped him, according to police reports.
The reports, which the SouthtownStar obtained Wednesday through a Freedom of Information Act request, offer new details into the early-morning crash and subsequent arrest of officer John Leonard.
Police say Leonard was belligerent after he crashed his village-owned Ford Explorer into a maroon Buick about 1 a.m. at LaGrange Road and Lincoln-Way Lane in Frankfort. He then fled in his unmarked police vehicle.
New Lenox police stopped Leonard outside a New Lenox McDonald’s about 15 minutes later. The vehicle’s hood was bent on the driver’s side, and Leonard allegedly said the damage was “two weeks old,” the report said.
New Lenox police officer Andrew Dowding wrote in his report that Leonard told the officer who approached his vehicle,“in mumbled and slurred speech,‘Tinley cop.’” Leonard’s eyes were “bloodshot and glassy” and the officer smelled “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on Leonard’s breath and inside the vehicle.
A glass of Guinness beer had tipped over in the rear passenger seat and multiple boxes of ammunition were found in the vehicle with other police equipment, including a bullet-proof vest, according to police.
During his arrest, Leonard allegedly taunted police, threatened them and swore at them, saying he was “the real police,” and the arresting officer was just a “ticket-writing cop,” according to the report. Leonard refused several times to get out of the car, and when asked about the gun, said,“So what, I’m a Tinley cop.”
He was forced out of the vehicle and handcuffed, but was “swaying back and forth,” the report stated.
Leonard, who works with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was taken to the Frankfort police station, where he refused to undergo a blood-alcohol test and threatened to sexually assault the officer, according to the report.
He was taken to Silver Cross Hospital for blood and urine tests, and while there, Leonard called an officer a “f--- idiot,” the report said. He “repeatedly stated that what we were doing was wrong and we should be taking care of him,” Frankfort officer Donald Walsh wrote in his report.
Frankfort police still are awaiting the results of Leonard’s tests but have charged him with drunken driving, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, open transportation of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said.
He has posted $3,500 bail and has a June 2 court date.
He has been placed on administrative leave by Tinley Park police.
Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said any consideration on the matter would be delayed because of Police Chief Michael O’Connell’s death Wednesday.
“The village of Tinley Park has not seen the latest police reports from New Lenox or from Frankfort,” Zabrocki said.“Once we have an opportunity to review those and finish our own internal investigation, at that point in time we’ll see what we’re going to do.”
hey retired

Wilmington, IL

#12 May 13, 2011
sounds like that tinley cop was looking for a little professional courtesy and when he didn't get it, boy did he berate those new lenox officers. a little arrogant, a little above the law, he is probably not guilty either and they probably wont file charges either, after not finding enough evidence. He didn't kill anyone, so it's okay then. Professional courtesy. If you don't get it from the arresting officers, you may get it from the states attorneys office. The strip club arrests were surprising, because the arresting officers must have some reason to arrest those cops in their own fraternity. The old days you never arrested another police officer.
Retire 1

Minooka, IL

#13 May 13, 2011
hey retired wrote:
sounds like that tinley cop was looking for a little professional courtesy and when he didn't get it, boy did he berate those new lenox officers. a little arrogant, a little above the law, he is probably not guilty either and they probably wont file charges either, after not finding enough evidence. He didn't kill anyone, so it's okay then. Professional courtesy. If you don't get it from the arresting officers, you may get it from the states attorneys office. The strip club arrests were surprising, because the arresting officers must have some reason to arrest those cops in their own fraternity. The old days you never arrested another police officer.
Thanks for proving my point
guest

Wilmington, IL

#14 Jul 26, 2012
I agree
Karma

Shorewood, IL

#15 Feb 15, 2013
what wrote:
Tinley cop reportedly had open beer, gun out in crash
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY [email protected] May 12, 2011 03:50PM
2ShareReprintsE-MailPrintRelat ed Stories
Tinley Park officer charged in hit-and-run crash Tinley Park police officer on leave after fleeing scene of weekend crash A Tinley Park police officer who fled after a May 1 hit-and-run crash in Frankfort had an open glass of Guinness beer and his handgun was resting between his legs when New Lenox police stopped him, according to police reports.
The reports, which the SouthtownStar obtained Wednesday through a Freedom of Information Act request, offer new details into the early-morning crash and subsequent arrest of officer John Leonard.
Police say Leonard was belligerent after he crashed his village-owned Ford Explorer into a maroon Buick about 1 a.m. at LaGrange Road and Lincoln-Way Lane in Frankfort. He then fled in his unmarked police vehicle.
New Lenox police stopped Leonard outside a New Lenox McDonald’s about 15 minutes later. The vehicle’s hood was bent on the driver’s side, and Leonard allegedly said the damage was “two weeks old,” the report said.
New Lenox police officer Andrew Dowding wrote in his report that Leonard told the officer who approached his vehicle,“in mumbled and slurred speech,‘Tinley cop.’” Leonard’s eyes were “bloodshot and glassy” and the officer smelled “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on Leonard’s breath and inside the vehicle.
A glass of Guinness beer had tipped over in the rear passenger seat and multiple boxes of ammunition were found in the vehicle with other police equipment, including a bullet-proof vest, according to police.
During his arrest, Leonard allegedly taunted police, threatened them and swore at them, saying he was “the real police,” and the arresting officer was just a “ticket-writing cop,” according to the report. Leonard refused several times to get out of the car, and when asked about the gun, said,“So what, I’m a Tinley cop.”
He was forced out of the vehicle and handcuffed, but was “swaying back and forth,” the report stated.
Leonard, who works with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was taken to the Frankfort police station, where he refused to undergo a blood-alcohol test and threatened to sexually assault the officer, according to the report.
He was taken to Silver Cross Hospital for blood and urine tests, and while there, Leonard called an officer a “f--- idiot,” the report said. He “repeatedly stated that what we were doing was wrong and we should be taking care of him,” Frankfort officer Donald Walsh wrote in his report.
Frankfort police still are awaiting the results of Leonard’s tests but have charged him with drunken driving, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, open transportation of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said.
He has posted $3,500 bail and has a June 2 court date.
He has been placed on administrative leave by Tinley Park police.
Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said any consideration on the matter would be delayed because of Police Chief Michael O’Connell’s death Wednesday.
“The village of Tinley Park has not seen the latest police reports from New Lenox or from Frankfort,” Zabrocki said.“Once we have an opportunity to review those and finish our own internal investigation, at that point in time we’ll see what we’re going to do.”
Wow! Fast forward a year. The officer doing the right thing and couldn't go to Tinley for fear of retribution finds himself in a quandary.Thats a whole other story. And there are always 3 sides: his,hers and the truth! The problem is when you arrest a brother, even if its the right thing to do, no one has your back in any situation... ever.

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