Graham Announces Suspended Officers To Return to Duty
Chicago, IL, June 12, 2017– A Chicago Police Board ruling today will allow several officers suspended without pay in connection with the Laquan McDonald case to be returned to duty.
FOP attorneys had argued that the suspension of the officers before any criminal proceedings had been completed constituted a violation of the officers’ due process rights.
“Given the due-process concerns related to suspending these officers without pay during the period of an indefinite stay of their cases, the board now find that there is no basis for their continued suspension pending the hearing on the charges against them…” the Board ruled.
President Graham praised the ruling.
“We believe that the department should not have suspended these officers and that doing so did violate their rights. We are pleased with the ruling and with the presentation of the case by our attorneys. The FOP will continue to fight for our members’ rights in all disciplinary matters, just as we fight for the rights of our citizens in the community.”