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Illinois: Judge Finds Police Official in Contempt

A judge found Chicago’s top police official in contempt of court for refusing to turn over lists of officers who have had repeated complaints filed against them by the public.

The judge, Robert W. Gettleman, ordered the official, Superintendent Jody Weis, to produce the lists by Monday. Judge Gettleman initially ordered Mr. Weis to turn over the information by Feb. 19.

But Mr. Weis sent a statement one day after the deadline saying the lists would lower morale and harm some members of the police force by branding them as “repeaters.”

 

The names were ordered turned over in a lawsuit filed by a Chicago woman who says

an officer abused her 11-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter when arresting them in a playground incident.

 

by The Assoc Press, Pub March 4, 2009   A version of this article appeared in print on March 5, 2009, on page A17 of the New York edition.  Click HERE for the article.