Misinterpretation of facts and vague, undetermined basis in firing cops in Chicago, raised controversy to The Chicago Police Board when one of the fired cops cried foul of the recommendation and decision received from the Board about his case. David Gonzales was charged with violating 5 rules on 12 counts of the assault that took place on September 12, 2004, at West 63rd Street, Summit Illinois which involved two Summit cops. His charges did not involve any crime, but he got fired from police duty as the result of seven board members’ decision about the case.
This is being compared to the 2006 case of Daniel Sullivan, who caused bodily harm to a black man and broke his right leg due to the assault in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on April 29, 2004.2 but still works with the Police Department as he was just given an eight-month suspension as the outcome of what he had done, the board claimed that there was no sufficient evidence to support that he had done the crime. Six of the board members agreed to suspend him, while only two disagreed with the decision of the board.
The plead is about the involvement of two Chicago Police Cops in breaking the state laws, but received two different outcomes which raised the controversy around the Board’s inconsistencies to make decisions, some saying that it depends on the clouts that the cop has to the board.
“There were other police officers that had done more, that were accused of harsher things, that were just given time off and sent back to work.” cried Gonzales, who was terminated from his duty as a police officer and now working as a building maintenance man. He earned support from the former superintendent, Jody Weis stated that the Board’s decision is very inconsistent and lacks a basis in reasoning for the decisions they come up with.
Several mistreated cases, floated in support to prove the inconsistencies in the decisions made by the board, while others get off the board with the crimes they have committed, and even got promoted after a few years. An epic example of connection is Lt. Denis Walsh, who even got promoted to supervise North Side detectives in Belmont and Western, despite being charged with felony sexual assault back in 20043. During that time, Walsh’s sister in law, Carol Weingart was also a Chicago police officer and was then a member of the security group for the former Mayor Richard Daley. Another influence was said to have pointed to his brother, who was a lieutenant at that time, and his father was a deputy police chief. Walsh was only charged with a misdemeanor, as the victim just suddenly stopped from pushing the prosecution of the cop.
The inconsistent treatments to these cops who have broken the rules raised questions to the Board, especially after knowing how the other policemen who have committed less serious offenses than of Walsh’s as follows:
Officer Aaron Pena – on duty on 2007 and was charged with shoplifting, as he stepped outside the store without paying for a bag of trail mix, because he had to answer a call on his radio for his duty. He resigned and sued to redeem his dignity, and he did as he won the case.
Officer Carie Hooker – Off duty when charged with shoplifting at Kohl’s Chicago for not paying the clothes that were placed in her bag due to dizziness from the medication taken. She was acquitted by the judge in court, but terminated by the Board.
Sgt. Aunzette Smith – accused of living outside Chicago, which was a city ordinance, she just decided to retire instead of being terminated from her duty.
This controversy about favoritism and influence surrounding the Chicago Police Board decision can definitely lose its credibility to the community if not given enough attention and efforts by the Chicago State Official.