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Criminal Law: Another Chicagoland Police Officer Charged

In the last several weeks the Criminal Law Blog of Giovannini & Olshansky has posted on the Police Misconduct of multiple Chicagoland Officers, and yet again, today we find ourselves hit smack in the face with another acquisition of misconduct.  This time Northbrook Police Officer Enrique Guzman is charged, being held in lieu of $30,000 bond, and will have to answer to charges of Residential Burglary, Armed Violence, and Official Misconduct.  These charges are very serious and carry significant jail time.  Again, this office and this blog begs the question of its readers "Can you really trust the police?" and "Do juries in Chicago take the testimony of the police blanketly as the truth?"  The public needs to remember that these officers go into court and testify against people they have arrested and often get convictions sending the defendants to the penitentiary for years of their lives.  The last couple of weeks and the number of Police Misconduct Cases in Criminal Law Cases in the Chicagoland area will hopefully open the eyes of the public that maybe the defendant is the one really telling the truth when he takes the witness stand.

Criminal Law: Another Officer Convicted of Misconduct

On January 18, 2013 a Criminal Law Cook County Judge in the First District at 26th and California found a Chicago Police Officer guilty of Perjury stemming from the officer's testimony against a defendant in a trial two years earlier.  Sylshina London was an officer from the Gresham District Police Station at the time she committed the offense.  The Officer fabricated evidence of a battery that led to the conviction of Debra Green, that conviction was later vacated upon the Independent Police Review Boards analysis of the case.  It took actual video footage to reverse and prove Green innocent of the offense and defeat the officer's lies.  In this day and age we are fortunate enough to have technology like cell phone cameras available most of the time, but what if it isn't there when it happens to you?

Criminal Law: Suburban Officers Charged

In a Criminal Law update local news and papers are reporting on yet another arrest of area police officers for Official Misconduct.  Often our clients find themselves face to face with the authorities investigating them for crimes, and often after being charged and hiring our firm we hear stories of how the police acted inappropriatley during their arrest.  One problem we face in the field of Criminal Law is that the general public has a misconception of the police in that they believe all of them are out there everyday protecting us... this is not the case.  We aren't saying that all officers are corrupt, far from that; most are very honest family people doing their job to the best of their ability.  However, time and time again we find ourselves watching the news and seeing police officers arrested for their misconduct.  In the last year we have seen civil suits and arrests of local police officers for everything from taking bribes to fix tickets, batteries, unnecessarily shooting people's dogs, and excessive tazing.  This newest arrest of the 3 Schaumberg Police Officer's (John Cichy, Matthew Hudak, and Terrance O'Brien) yesterday, January 16, 2013 for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Armed Violence, Unlawful Criminal Drug Conspiracy, Official Misconduct, Theft, and Burglary shows that this problem is not just a City of Chicago problem, it is a Chicagoland problem and it needs to be looked at more carefully.  Criminal Law attorneys Giovannini & Olshansky have a history of looking into cases of Police Misconduct.  If you are a victim of inappropriate behavior contact us.

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Recent Cases
  • Date: January 29, 2013
    Charges: Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons
    Case Title: People v. C.D.
    Location: 26th and California, Chicago
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: January 23, 2013
    Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon
    Case Title: People v. E.J.
    Location: Bridgeview, Cook County District Five
    Outcome: Motion to Suppress Granted, charges dismissed

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  • Date: January 18, 2013
    Charges: Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child
    Case Title: People v. R.V
    Location: 26th and California, Chicago
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: January 16, 2013
    Charges: Armed Robbery
    Case Title: People v. D.L.
    Location: Markham, Cook County District 6
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: January 12, 2013
    Charges: Armed Robbery
    Case Title: People v. J.S.
    Location: Maywood, Cook County District 4
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: November 30, 2012
    Charges: Murder
    Case Title: People v. J.B.
    Location: Skokie, Cook County District 2
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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