FOP Statement On Jackie Wilson Ruling
The Fraternal Order of Police would like to extend its sincere best wishes to the family members of Officers William Fahey and Richard O’Brien, who were murdered in February 1982 by Jackie and Andrew Wilson.
Today, Circuit Court Judge William Hooks remanded the Jackie Wilson case back for another trial, now compelling these family members of the slain officers to endure yet another legal proceeding that will force them to relive the nightmare of the crime and the possibility that this killer may have another chance at garnering his freedom.
While the FOP does not in any way condone police misconduct, the notion that Jackie Wilson was abused in custody is virtually non-existent, and we are extremely disappointed in Judge Hooks’ ruling.
Jackie Wilson’s new trial is the product of the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission (TIRC), a state agency that has broad powers to arbitrarily overturn settled cases and place them back in the courts. It was TIRC that resurrected Wison’s torture claims and foisted them back into the criminal courts.
The FOP believes TIRC is an unconstitutional body, comprised of many commissioners with a decidedly anti-police bias. The damage this agency will do to the criminal justice system is ominous, as this decision in the Jackie Wilson case demonstrates.
In the wake of this decision, the FOP calls on the Chicago media, particularly the Chicago Tribune, to once and for all fairly investigate the corruption within the wrongful conviction movement and the evidence that false accusations are frequently made against the police in an effort to free convicted killers and rapists and garner large settlements from the City.
The FOP believes that the special prosecutor will put forth a powerful criminal trial to refute any claims that Jackie Wilson was innocent of these brutal, cowardly murders of two heroes, whose memory will always endure with the greatest admiration in the hearts and minds of Chicago Police Officers.