Saturday, February 14, 2009

Suburban Cop Cleared

  • A federal jury today cleared a former Glen Ellyn police officer of wrongdoing, finding he didn't use excessive force when he fatally shot a naked College of DuPage student after responding to a domestic battery call in 2006.

    Jurors deliberated for less than an hour.

    [...] Bradley testified that he fired the fatal shot after Uwumargogie straddled him and repeatedly punched him in the face. Bradley, now a state trooper, said he feared he was about to lose consciousness.

Bradley was being beaten into unconsciousness and that would have left him at the mercy of a madman with his service weapon. It also would have left any other responding officers exposed to untold dangers of responding to a mental now armed with a pistol.

A jury that actually sees sense in Illinois is a nice change. And while we don't envy Trooper Bradley the stress he went through, we're glad he's still among the living.

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23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One for the good guys!

2/14/2009 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, this post is just begging for the Keesing Bandit to respond!

2/14/2009 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the comments section:

"The officer should sue the family for raising an animal."

Good job, Trooper.

2/14/2009 12:35:00 AM  
Blogger Grammar Gal said...

Great job from the jury on this one!

I have to ask, SCC, if you find that, on the JOB as long as you have been, do you feel the 'crooks' have gotten 'bolder' as time has progressed?

Or, as an old copper's daughter, is that just my imagination?

In any event, I support CPD--without you all out there, the City would be sooooo bad, so in turmoil. PLEASE--keep working, all of you.

YOU ARE THE ONLY POLICE WE HAVE!

2/14/2009 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame that they dragged this officer through this crap for doing what he was justified to do. A terrible experience to begin with only to be dragged through the mud again in court.

2/14/2009 12:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the original article and then read the comments below. Regular folks still appreciate the police. It's expected here, SCC. It's just good to hear it somewhere else.

God bless Trooper Bradley. Nobody ever comes on this job thinking he's going to have to take a life and our hearts go out to those few who have had to.

Brothers in Blue

2/14/2009 01:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just goes to show you that sh*$ can happen anywhere and happen FAST. Happy to hear the officer is exonerated.
Good Job Office. I wish I worked in any county but Cook!

2/14/2009 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about time someone had some common sense.

2/14/2009 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous old six shooter said...

This case NEVER should have been brought to trial. It should have been dismissed from the beginning.

The real victim here is the officer. Thank God you survived this traumatic incident.

As for the lawyer and the offender's family who pushed for the law suit, FUCK YOU!

2/14/2009 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Key word there: Dupage. If it were Cook Co. we all know what the outcome would have been.

2/14/2009 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much did the family pass up as a settlement?

I love this story. Something tells me the family doesn't have a lot of savings.

If the jury so much as gave the plaintiff one penny, then the city would be on the hook for all of the legal fees. That's the big driving force behind Title 1983 lawsuits.

This jury did the right thing. $0.00.

There's also a small law firm that dedicated a big part of the last two years fighting this case. Might be hard to make rent this month.

2/14/2009 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS WORKING NO CLOUT P.O. FROM EDISON PARK SAYS TO TROOPER BRADLEY. GOD BLESS YOU AND GLAD IT ALL WORKED OUT FOR YOU. THE ILL STATE POLICE ARE GREAT PEOPLE, EVERYTIME I HAVE A STUFF TRAFFIC QUESTION I NEVER HESTITATE TO CALL YOUR DISTRICT OFFICE. ALWAYS PROFESSIONAL, HELPFUL AND I GET THE CORREST ANSWER. REMEMBER EVEN IN THE BURBS SHIT CAN HAPPEN REAL FAST. ALSO TO JFED , AS ALWAYS A BIG F-CKYOU.

2/14/2009 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to the City of Glen Ellyn for taking this to trial. Chicago would have settled for $3 million.

Of course, SCC is right. If this went to trial with a Cook County jury, plaintiff probably would have been awarded $30 million.

2/14/2009 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Shit-cago/Crook County the copper would have been screwed, just like Mike Mette was in Iowa.

Wheelgunner

2/14/2009 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Too Many Dummies said...

How about we dump the Corporation Counsel and go with the law firm Glen Ellyn went with?

2/14/2009 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet the verdict is all over the papers and ten o clock news......NOT

2/14/2009 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We would not get the same out-come in CROOK COUNTY, not worth my house.

2/15/2009 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAKE TROOPER BRADLEY OUR CPD SUPT AND FIRE JFED. AT LEAST BRADLEY IS A MAN AND A STAND UP PERSON. ALSO BILLY KUSHNER OF BERWYN WE WORKING POLICE WANT YOU BACK TOO. AND JFED DROP DEAD.

2/15/2009 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A while back I heard of a person working in the Abla Homes as security. He was approached by and jumped on by 3 masked m-1's who attempted to disarm him of his Beretta.The Guard,broke the arm,collar bone and jaw of the first offender,broke three ribs on the 2nd offender and finally succumbed to the attack. the weapon was taken placed next to the guards head and only because of his dilligent thought to carry a radio and call a 10-1 on Zone 13 did he escape with his life. The most satisfying moment was when the Offenders were found guilty and sent to prison for a mandatory 5 years. And yes this happened in Crook county. When we fight,we fight to win.NO EXCEPTIONS.by and the way the M-1's lawsuit for excessive force was DISMISSED.

2/15/2009 01:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and from that moment forward that guard carries at least 2 guns.I know there is a low opinion of SUR CURITY people but this guy stands out of the crowd. In 2006 he obtained over 493 convictions out of the 503 cases he had in Public housing. This guy works his ass off and is humble about it. I remember when the verdict came down and I have never seen a more thankful face on that Guard than anyone in my life.A lot of Police stepped up for him the night of the 10-1 and well afterwards. This is an amazing job for the RIGHT people. And Im sorry that pins in his knee and back stopped him from becoming CPD he would have been a great asset.

2/15/2009 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Im getting long winded and i appologize SCC but in this guys case the system worked. It doesnt most other times and is geared to pay the M-1's that look at us as a source of income.But every great once in a while there is a modicum of justice exacted on those that TRULY deserve it. Im off my soap box now. That guard by the way is affectionately known as "Lathrop One"

You da man Chubbie!

2/15/2009 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

off topic: Thoughts and prayers to Officer Santo Greco of the Cook County Sheriffs Department whom suffered a massive Brain Hemmorage night before last. Is in St Joe's (joliet) hospital. Prognosis doesnt look too good. keep a thought,say a prayer and hope he makes a speedy recovery.

Thanks Brothers and Sisters.

2/16/2009 01:47:00 PM  
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2/16/2009 09:34:00 PM  

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