In the "Fired for Sit Ups?" posting, there's a lively give and take about a family that lost one son in the line of duty and another son's job to a series of bureaucratic snafus and inflexibility:
- How about being fired for failing to list all police jobs you applied for prior to Chicago? My son, with 10 years prior police experience on the street, inadvertently left off 2 after he ran out of room on the employment app for Chicago. Completes the Academy has an ex girlfriend put in a bogus complaint, which he was cleared but IAD comes up with lying on the Employment application. Strip him of police powers and say he's a liability to the City. Guess they forgot about the burning building he ran into to evacuate or the Tech 9 he took off the street, wasn't a liability then. City waits 45 days and then fires him. Here's whats heart breaking for my family. His brother gave his life in the line of duty for Chicago. All those high ranking officers who said if there's anything I can do, call me. Or the Aldermen who said call me, well I did, no one helped and most never returned my calls. Now I have one son who died for the City and the other the City disgraced. Thank You Chicago PD. There are those in the Department that did stay close to us and to those men and women, most of whom are the street cops, thank you for all your support.
This deserves some sort of second look, but the City's fall back position will always be the "at-will" phrase. It looks like someone decided that defending baseless accusations had too high a price tag, even if it's the recruit himself bringing the situation to the attention of the Department, which, as most cops know, is par for the course when dealing with City attorneys whose only instruction is to "settle as quickly as possible for the least amount of money." Anything that goes to trial is a loser as far as well can tell because the City doesn't keep even one decent lawyer (sorry for the oxymoron) around to win nuisance suits.
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