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COPA Cover-up?

Attorneys for the FOP alleged Monday that the city’s police oversight agency, COPA, deliberately hid the opinion of their own expert exonerating a police officer for a fatal police shooting.  

FOP attorneys for Robert Rialmo—who is faced with losing his job after COPA ruled that his shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and an innocent bystander, Bettie Jones, was not justified—argued that a use-of-force expert hired by a law firm working for COPA stated in an email that the expert believed the shooting was justified. 

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FOP To Top Officials: Cease Improper COPA investigations Of Officer Involved Shootings

In the wake of an opinion letter from the executive director of a key state board declaring that the city’s civilian oversight board does not have authority to investigate officer-involved shootings, attorneys for the FOP have notified top Illinois officials that the agency is in violation of the law and threatened legal action. 

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FOP Attorneys Attack Charges Against Officer In Opening Statement

How is it that an officer can win a departmental commendation as well as the praise of all his supervisors and co-workers for his actions in a shooting, then be stripped and potentially fired for the same event?  How can this officer be awarded the medal of valor from another incident, then have that very same incident brought up in an investigation against him?

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What Transparency?

Based on a Freedom of Information Request by attorneys working for the Fraternal Order of Police, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) revealed that the agency had employed an outside law firm as part the agency’s investigation of a 2015 fatal police shooting.

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