Rumor II Gets Addressed
- The former president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police has obtained a $100,000 legal settlement from the state FOP in a lawsuit he filed accusing the union of removing him from office in retaliation for exposing corruption, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Michael Shields was suspended as the head of Chicago’s police union in December 2013 after he sent a letter to City Hall Inspector General Joseph Ferguson charging that two prior police contracts and a sergeants’ contract were fixed.
The Sun-Times first reported on the explosive letter, which said the former FOP president engaged in “backroom-deal” arbitrations with the city.
The next day, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police suspended Shields, barring him from negotiating with the city, accusing him of violating his oath of office and calling him a “dictator.”
Shields sued both the Chicago and state FOP lodges, claiming retaliation and demanding pay for the remainder of his three-year term as well as for the term of his successor, Dean Angelo, elected Chicago FOP president in April 2014.
The state FOP settled with Shields in December, after former state union president Ted Street was deposed, said Shields’ attorney Michael Leonard.
So Street was deposed and a settle offered forthwith? Sounds like the State Lodge did something very wrong and paid a hefty price. It also looks like Lodge 7 will be paying the piper shortly and then claiming the settlement is "confidential" to cover up the smell of it all.