End of the Road?
- The Chicago Police Department took action Wednesday to fire a police lieutenant and suspend two other officers for their handling of the 2004 homicide investigation of David Koschman, who died after a struggle with the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, according to the department.
In a statement released Wednesday, interim Police Superintendent John Escalante said he is seeking the termination of Lt. Denis Walsh and a one-year, unpaid suspension for Sgt. Sam Cirone who “did not properly follow department policies” when they were investigating the death of David Koschman.
The department has filed charges with the Chicago Police Board after which the board will schedule a status date for the officers.
Also Wednesday, Escalante announced a one-year suspension without pay for a third officer, Det. Nicholas Spanos. That action does not require the police board's approval. Spanos has 10 work days to decide whether to accept the punishment, file a grievance or appeal with the police board.
The big big bosses (most of them) left already after being presented with an ultimatum - retire or face Departmental charges, thereby endangering your pension. All three that stayed face the noose alone.You play the political game, you take the political risks, you might end up a sacrifice on the political altar.