Chicago Police once again protecting their own

Here is a story from the Chicago Sun-Times that ran over the weekend.  See if you can guess the problem with it:

An off-duty Chicago Police officer faces misdemeanor DUI charges after his car struck and critically injured a woman in the Belmont Heights neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

About 1:20 a.m., the 29-year-old woman was crossing the street in the 7500 block of West Belmont when she was hit by a 1997 Mercedes, according to police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

The woman, who was in the crosswalk when she was hit, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood in critical condition, Zala said.

The 40-year-old man at the wheel was identified as a two-year CPD veteran, police said. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI and cited for failure to exercise care with a pedestrian in the roadway.

The officer has been relieved of police powers pending the outcome of an investigation by the police Major Accidents Investigation Unit. He is due to appear in traffic court Aug. 18.

What is the problem?  Last chance…

The off-duty officer’s name is not provided.  Compare that to another story about a DUI that is a top story on today’s Sun-Times.  Why is a Chicago Police officer’s name withheld?  Would they withhold it if it were you or me?  Of course not (unless you are a police officer).

It is also interesting that the case is currently charged as a misdemeanor.  A DUI that causes great bodily harm is a felony offense.  Perhaps this case will be upgraded once the extend of the pedestrian’s “critical injuries” are better know.  Or maybe this officer got an even bigger break than not getting his name printed online and in the newspaper.

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  1. Pingback: Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer charged in serious DUI accident | illinoisduilawyer

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