U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman in Chicago has held Police Superintendent Jody Weis in contempt for refusing to turn over lists of officers who have repeated complaints filed against them for abuse and violence. Weis insists that such a release of the list would diminish morale.
There appear to be multiple lists kept by the police. Weis is withholding lists that reportedly contains officers with as many as 65 total complaints over the last five years, including one with 199 officers with six or more excessive force complaints and another that includes about 2,500 officers with six or more misconduct complaints.
Weis simply decided to ignore a direct order from the court without any cognizable legal claim, insisting that that publishing “repeaters” would be bad for officers.
Jody Peter “J.P.” Weis spent 23 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation before assuming the position in Chicago. He is far outside the lines on this occasion and is worthy of sanctions by the court.
Both Judge Gettleman and Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez ordered Weis to turn over the names in a lawsuit filed by Donna Moore, who claims that an officer abused her 11-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter when arresting them in a playground incident.
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