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City, Media Ignore Evans Lawsuit...Again

Fairley’s announcement also came shortly after she lashed out at comments from the Chicago FOP claiming that she did not run fair investigations while she was the head of IPRA. When told of these comments, Fairley said the FOP was “squealing,” a description many outraged police officers believed to be a reference to the police as “pigs.”

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New FOP Lawyer Scores Quick Victory

Just a few months after being approved by the Fraternal Order of Police, attorney Jim Thompson scored a big legal victory.

According to the Sun-Times, Superintendent Eddie Johnson dropped a case against a FOP member who is currently on disability and is being represented by attorney Jim Thompson of Gottreich, Grace and Thompson.

From the Sun-Times:

Johnson had filed disciplinary charges with the Chicago Police Board in January, seeking to fire Officer Clay T. Walker. Johnson said then that the officer had tested positive for a narcotic in January 2016 though he didn’t have a prescription for it.

 But lawyers for the city dismissed the case two weeks ago after Walker and his attorney James Thompson produced a prescription for the drug issued in November 2013.

The FOP Legal Defense Team retained Thompson, along with partner Tim Grace, in anticipation of having to handle increased cases against members from COPA, the new agency investigating allegations of police misconduct. They spoke at the FOP Board meeting on October 2, and outlined their extensive experience as defense attorneys and representing police officers. 

FOP President Kevin Graham Statement About Las Vegas Shooting

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 joins with other members of Law Enforcement throughout the country in offering our heartfelt condolences to the officers and civilians killed in the senseless, cruel, and brutal Las Vegas attack. We also offer our prayers to those in Law Enforcement and the many civilians who were wounded, as well.

“This event and the aftermath is a terrible test for any first responder. We admire their courage and their dedication. Naturally, we will provide any assistance we can.” FOP President Kevin Graham said. “It is a particularly difficult and anxious time to be a member of Law Enforcement. Acts like this pose difficult questions about the direction and foundation of our republic. Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a nation, not find ways to divide ourselves.”