Officers Retire To Avoid Punishment, Collect Substantial Pensions

| by Jimmy King
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Three Chicago Police officers facing an investigation over their role in David Koschman’s killing have retired, and are collecting six-figure pensions.  The move allowed the police officers to evade potential disciplinary action while being paid over $100,000 annually. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has received a recommendation from Chicago General Inspector Joe Ferguson’s office recommending that all six officers involved in Koschman’s controversial killing be fired, reports Illinois Policy.

The officers were reportedly involved in a 2004 case in which a Chicago Police Officer struck David Koschman in the face and left him on the ground in a non-responsive state, where he died.  The officer responsible for Koschman’s death plead guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in 2014, and the six officers are suspected of a cover-up of the incident.

Despite a recommendation from the Chicago General Inspector’s office, the police officers have not yet faced official disciplinary charges by the Chicago Police Board, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. 

The entire contents of the report made by the Chicago Inspector General have not been released by Mayor Emanuel’s administration.  Emanuel claims that the reports are confidential and has denied requests for access to the reports under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. 

Attorneys representing the family of David Koschman expressed their distress at the Emanuel administration’s failure to make the discipline recommendations public. 

“Particularly in light of pressing questions about transparency and delays in disclosure, it is very distressing to learn that the Inspector General’s report was completed months ago and has not been released to the public.  The Emanuel administration can’t possibly think the public isn’t interested,” said attorneys G. Flint Taylor and Locke Bowman. 

Constantine G. Andrews, who was Chief of Detectives, and former Commander Joseph P. Salemme retired from their positions last year in December.  Both are receiving retirement pensions worth more than $100,000 annually. 

Detective James Gilger posted that he plans to retire this week on Facebook.

The retired officers reportedly can no longer be sanctioned by the Chicago Police Board. 

Sources: The Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois Policy / Photo Credit: Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

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