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Two Univ of Chicago Ph.D.'s say they were beat up by Chicago cops

A man with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and another man pursuing his Ph.D. at the school say that certain Chicago police officers in plainclothes brutally beat them and three uniformed Chicago police officers who responded to the scene told them to "forget the incident ever happened."

Matthew Clark, a Ph.D., and Gregory Malandrucco, a Ph.D. candidate, say that on February 7, 2010 at 3AM at Arturo's Tacos on Western Avenue, the following occurred:

- While standing up to leave, a plainclothes police officer shoved Malandrucco and glared at him because Malandrucco unintentionally obstructed the officer's path to the cashier or exit.

- When Clark and Malandrucco left Arturo's, they found the plainclothes officers in the parking lot, where they began to yell at Clark and Malandrucco in an aggressive manner.

- Clark and Malandrucco offered to shake hands and make peace.

- One of the male plainclothes officers then beat Clark until he lost consciousness.

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Lawsuit alleges parking ticket conspiracy b/t CPD and plaintiff's ex

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Man injured in car chase sues city

A man injured during a high speed police chase is suing the city and the cop who was driving the police vehicle during the pursuit.


David Martinez says that, while he was driving southbound on Western Avenue, the police vehicle operated by defendant police officer Dean Angelo was speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and ran a red light, colliding with Martinez's vehicle.


The complaint states that the defendants were negligent when they, among other things, "knowingly and with conscious disregard for the safety of others, initiated and continued a high speed vehicle chase or pursuit through residential and commercial streets in Chicago."


The complaint states, presumably in error, that the above took place on December 31, 2009.  One paragraph does state December 31, 2008.  The complaint also refers to the plaintiff on page 5 as Pedro V. Salgado.


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Man says cops lied about fingerprinting him

A Chicago man is suing the city after a case of mistaken identity where, the man says, an officer lied to the court about his fingerprints matching those of a fugitive.

According to the complaint, on August 18, 2009, plaintiff Darrius Whitehorn was on Pearson Street at 1:20AM when he was stopped by defendant officers Lawson and Estrada, who had responded to a report of a person with a gun.  The complaint states that Whitehorn was not in possession of a weapon but was arrested on a warrant naming Kirk Arthur Davis.  The complaint further states that the plaintiff never used such a name as an alias and, despite his requests that night, Lawson and Estrada refused to fingerprint him and check against prints of Kirk Arthur Davis.

Defendant officer Harris then falsely represented to the court that Whitehorn had in fact been fingerprinted and the prints matched those of Davis, the complaint states.  Whitehorn was held in custody until he was transferred to Cook County Jail where he remained for seven days.

The real Kirk Arthur Davis died in custody in a federal penitentiary on October 30, 2008, according to the complaint. 

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Woman sues after Chicago cop shoots her dog

A woman is suing the city of Chicago for an incident in which a police officer shot and killed her one year old dog.

According to the complaint, on October 1, 2008, someone in plaintiff Beverly Thurman's neighborhood called 311 to report a loose dog in the area.  The complaint states that when defendant police officer Groman arrived, he spoke to the mail carrier who identified the residence of the dog, whose name was "Roscoe," and that he knew the dog was not aggressive. 

The complaint further states that defendant Groman then exited the squad car immediately grabbed his firearm and shot Roscoe. 

Plaintiff Beverly Thurman was at work at the time of the incident but her brother Darnell Thurman was at the residence when he heard the gunshot, ran downstairs and found Roscoe had "walked two houses down the street before lying down and dying."

The complaint states that Darnell Thurman then called plaintiff at work and, when she arrived home, she was issued a ticket by defendant Groman for her loose dog and told she would be incarcerated if she didn't sign it. 

When plaintiff later asked for the remains of Roscoe, she was told they could not find him. 

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Man sues city for striking him with unmarked car

A Chicago man is suing the city and two police officers for allegedly pursuing him in an unmarked car and striking him with the vehicle as he ran into his backyard.

According to the complaint, on September 22, 2007, plaintiff Richard Brown was driving near his home in Chicago when he heard gunshots and began to drive away from the gunshots in the opposite direction, at which point defendants Rick Caballero and Alex Granius, both Chicago police officers, began to pursue him in an unmarked car.

The defendants neither sounded their siren nor displayed flashing lights and Brown was unaware they were police officers, the complaint states.  Rather, Brown "feared for his safety because he believed he was being pursued by individuals who had been in the area where Plaintiff heard the gunfire from which he was attempting to flee."

The complaint states that when he got back to his home, Brown exited his car and ran toward his backyard and, as he ran, either Caballero or Granius struck him with an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria.

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Paralyzed Man Alleges Abuse By Cops and False Charges

A paralyzed man claims two Chicago police officers pulled him out of his car and caused him to be falsely charged with criminal offenses.

According to the complaint, on June 6, 2008, plaintiff Kenneth Courtney was stopped by two Chicago police officers who pointed their firearms at him and ordered him out of the car.  The plaintiff is paralyzed from the waist down and could not comply with the order, the complaint states.

Plaintiff asserts that the police officers pulled him out of his car and searched his vehicle and later wrongly stated that he did not have a valid driver's license, stood up using his legs and posessed contraband.

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Man Sues Chicago Cop for Arrest while "breaking into" his own car

A Chicago man is suing the city for injuries he says he sustained when he was arrested for breaking into his own vehicle.

According to the complaint, on September 17, 2008, Robert Grinnell was locking his car door outside his home when a Chicago police officer accused him of breaking into the vehicle.  Grinnell alleges that his attempts to identify himself as the owner of the car were ignored and he was pushed to the ground by the police officer. 

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