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the rpd is beging suied by a disabled man for tatics used against him at a recent arrest. also an rpd officer has been terminated recentaly for beging drunk on the job when he went to put the how fast your going macheine and destroyed it when he didnt out the jack down properly and tried to drive off with it still attached to the vehical.

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Jul 31, 2009
 
Been at the Kool-Aid again have we? The only place I have seen the lawsuit reported was in the Weekly Distorter. That story was so one sided as to be useless as a reliable source of information.
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no kool aid. an ex rpd officer retired gave me the 411 at a local watering hole when 2 of rpd finnest came in to check ids and gave him a hard time for 65+ yr old man that he is.
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Jul 31, 2009
 
Is that the same disgruntled former officer that has been feeding the Weekly Distorter for months. Check your sources first. Clearly the Distorter didn't. That must be a big pitcher of Kool-Aid.
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Jul 31, 2009
 
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no kool aid. an ex rpd officer retired gave me the 411 at a local watering hole when 2 of rpd finnest came in to check ids and gave him a hard time for 65+ yr old man that he is.
Someone seriously needs spell-check and quite possibly should avoid his PC after visiting the local watering hole.(IMHO)
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another case of rpd's best foot foward....

Lawsuit for Alleged Police Misconduct
Posted by: willcountywatcher on: March 24, 2009

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He is a former Romeoville resident; he moved because he grew tired of having to live in a place where he says he has to always fear police harassment. Now as a result of what he calls police abuse Juan Pinto has brought a federal lawsuit against Chief of Police Andrew Barto, The Village of Romeoville, and one Officer Matthew Nelson for civil rights violations.

Pinto said he was driving west on Murphy Drive in Romeoville on July 10, 2007. His three children were inside the car as he drove to a friend’s home. He said he noticed an unmarked police squad behind him and after a time it seemed that he was being followed. He continued to drive in the direction of his home in the Highpoint subdivision at the time.

After a short drive Romeoville Police Officer Matthew Nelson stopped Juan Pinto and advised him there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest allegedly for unpaid child support. Pinto was instructed to stand outside his vehicle while they awaited the arrival of a marked police vehicle.

During the wait Pinto’s girlfriend and his mother-in-law arrived to take care of the children. The police towed his car and transported Pinto to the station. While he was inside the police station being processed Officer Matthew Nelson came inside and announced that he had found cocaine in Juan Pinto’s car. Pinto later signed an affidavit and swore under penalty of perjury that he did not have cocaine inside his car and swore that Officer Nelson lied when he said he found the drug in Pinto’s car. Pinto said,“At first I thought he was joking.”

Officer Nelson did not display the drugs he claimed he found in Pinto’s car. After four hours he was taken to the Will County Adult Detention Center. Juan was held for 24 hours and then he was released after posting a bond for the child support charge.

No charges were pending against him for the narcotic Officer Nelson alleged he found in Pinto’s car. Since there were no charges pending to justify the towing of his car Pinto asked the return of the $500 administrative fee and the cost of the tow. Lieutenant Mark Turvey explained that they would have to conduct a hearing on the matter.

About two weeks later as Pinto left his apartment to go to work, he was followed and arrested by the Romeoville Police. He was charged with possession of cocaine. Officer Nelson claimed he gathered a total of .001 gram of cocaine from four different locations within Pinto’s car.

Juan Pinto hired an attorney and went to trial. Officer Nelson did not appear. On the second day of trial Officer Nelson did not appear, in fact no Romeoville officers appeared. Will County Associate Judge Robert P. Livas found Juan Pinto Not Guilty.

Juan Pinto has alleged public embarrassment by Officer Matthew Nelson and against Sergeant Kenneth Kroll but it is not clear whether that is part of a separate legal action.

The number of lawsuits brought against the Romeoville Police Department, individual officers and the Village is growing. It would seem the public would begin demanding changes to avoid more suits that could cost the defendants and the village large sums of money to resolve.

Prominent Civil Rights Attorney Scott Skaletsky, 180 North Wacker Drive Chicago may file two more separate lawsuits against the police and the village within the next two weeks. At least 3 others are awaiting filing and two of which are in the hands of a different law firm. One individual Willie Brown of Joliet filed a pro se lawsuit on his own behalf in federal court and that suit is working its way through pretrial stages. Willie Brown declined to discuss his case on Monday

March 24th because it is pending trial. Willie did say there could be a resolution prior to the case going to a jury.
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The city has settled a police-brutality lawsuit, but officials will not say how much they paid the two men who claimed they were wrongfully arrested and beaten by officers.

Attorneys representing the alleged victims - Jose Louis Meneses- Araiza and Quinton T. Smith - declined to comment on the March 24 settlement, citing a confidentiality agreement.

In the lawsuit, filed March 3, 2008, Meneses-Araiza, 28, and Smith, 33, both of Annapolis, claimed Officer Gary Black - now a deputy with the Caroline County Sheriff's Department - arrested and beat them without cause during separate incidents March 30, 2005, on Market Street and Aug. 19, 2005, on Clay Street.

Rignal Baldwin, a private attorney ...
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Aug 1, 2009
 
father of 3 wrote:
The city has settled a police-brutality lawsuit, but officials will not say how much they paid the two men who claimed they were wrongfully arrested and beaten by officers.
Attorneys representing the alleged victims - Jose Louis Meneses- Araiza and Quinton T. Smith - declined to comment on the March 24 settlement, citing a confidentiality agreement.
In the lawsuit, filed March 3, 2008, Meneses-Araiza, 28, and Smith, 33, both of Annapolis, claimed Officer Gary Black - now a deputy with the Caroline County Sheriff's Department - arrested and beat them without cause during separate incidents March 30, 2005, on Market Street and Aug. 19, 2005, on Clay Street.
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Ok so you've mastered the cut n paste thingy!

Now as for the individuals mentioned ,ya might wanna check the county clerks office for the rest of the story on some of these folks.
and as for the story in this present post....
HUH?
What has this got to do with Romeoville?

OH..I got it now!
You just dislike police in general!
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all suits mentioned half to do with rpd
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all suits mentioned half to do with rpd
Try again....neither of the streets mentioned exist in Romeoville.
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GetThis wrote:
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Ok so you've mastered the cut n paste thingy!
Now as for the individuals mentioned ,ya might wanna check the county clerks office for the rest of the story on some of these folks.
and as for the story in this present post....
HUH?
What has this got to do with Romeoville?
OH..I got it now!
You just dislike police in general!
nope actually love the poilice support isp with donations. can't stand most of rpd due to unprofesnalism and lack of respect/nature to most people.
GetThis

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Aug 1, 2009
 
The incident you mentioned last actually occured in MARYLAND.

Way beyond Romeoville boundaries!

Please if you are determined to sling your mud get your facts straight first.

And do look into spell-check!
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Strom is a name you have read a number of times in articles written about certain Romeoville police officers. The Strom family insists their problems began when father Richard Strom reported Officer Jeffery Gifford for entertaining himself at the Crazy Rock Gentlemen’s Club while he was on duty.
Ricky Strom alleged victim
Officer Gifford was suspended for 28 days for that shenanigan but, although he never voiced any intent to avenge that suspension, afterward the Stroms began to have frequent difficulties with a number of Romeoville Police Officers.
Strom claims, as other Romeoville parents claim, that the police department targets the children of people who have annoyed them or whom they feel have besmirched them in some manner.
Twenty-three year old Ricky Strom has a condition commonly known as Bipolar Disorder and has suffered its symptoms since he was in grade school. Bipolar is a condition that can cause mood swings and impulsive conduct among other things but it can be managed with medication. People with it can generally function without great difficulty but one important factor in keeping such a person on a reasonably even keel is to reduce the stress in his life. Stress worsens the condition.
Strom says Ricky was targeted by certain members of the Romeoville Police Department and that led to a series of encounters with them. On one occasion Strom says Ricky was deliberately framed by officers who arrested him for breaking a public park sign. He was found not guilty but had to hire an attorney at great expense.
Strom says Romeoville police cars routinely drive down his street and will deliberately shine a spotlight at Ricky’s bedroom window. If they see Ricky on the street they will make remarks to him, or stop him or follow him.
One Sergeant Kenneth Kroll allegedly said, even to Ricky’s attorney on one occasion, that young Strom belongs in jail. He did not say why. The almost daily harassment has had a serious impact upon Ricky Strom according to his father.
Richard Strom says his son has reached a point in his life where he fears stepping outside the door. He is afraid to leave the house to search for a job. He recently spied a police squad turn on to his street and he raced inside the family garage and out of sight.
Stress, especially induced stress, can have very detrimental effects on those who suffer from Bipolar Disorder. Mr. Strom says the constant intimidation his son has suffered at the hands of the Romeoville police has severely impacted his son’s life. He believes that intimidation and the constant threat that they will arrest Ricky caused his most recent setback. Ricky had to be confined in St. Joseph Provena Mental Health facility in Joliet. He was released on January 9th.
Recently a police squad came to the Strom home and Ricky was accused of playing loud music. Sergeant Christopher Burne said someone phoned in a complaint. Mr. Strom says that was a lie. The neighborhood was serene at the time and Ricky was sitting in the open garage with a friend eating pizza. There is and was no radio in the garage.
Sgt. Burne opened Strom’s SUV without a warrant to visually search it, found nothing and then had Strom ticketed for being parked more than 12 inches from the curb. The vehicle was actually parked 10 inches from curbside.(See Weekly Reporter Aug. 21, 2008).
“They want Ricky in jail”, says Strom,“and now they have really damaged him medically. They might think this is a joke but I don’t and I have carefully recorded every incident along with names, places and dates and I am going to finally get the help I have been searching for.”
Strom did not wish to elaborate. Others have made complaints of harassment by Romeoville police. If you have had such an experience, or if you are currently being harassed by the Romeoville police please contact us. Your name will be kept confidential but your experience will be shared certain interested asuthorities. Please contact abuse@theweeklyreporter.com.
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Jeffd902 wrote:
Been at the Kool-Aid again have we? The only place I have seen the lawsuit reported was in the Weekly Distorter. That story was so one sided as to be useless as a reliable source of information.
The RPD, specifically the Chief, has been approached repeatedly. Time after time after time following many incidents resulting in complaints. And there is never a response - not even a DENIAL. So how is THAT for a reliable source of information?

It seems one sided because when offered the chance to lay out an explanation the PD says nothing and essentially tucks its tail between its legs and urinates down its hind legs.

The PD choses to remain silent casting the cloud of suspicion and guilt upon themselves.

Great leader they have there in that Chief. Maybe one day he'll get the goofballs under control and stop letting them embarrass the whole damn department.
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And just for the record, every surrounding department looks at RPD as some ridiculous Mayberry department.

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The RPD, specifically the Chief, has been approached repeatedly. Time after time after time following many incidents resulting in complaints. And there is never a response - not even a DENIAL. So how is THAT for a reliable source of information?
It seems one sided because when offered the chance to lay out an explanation the PD says nothing and essentially tucks its tail between its legs and urinates down its hind legs.
The PD choses to remain silent casting the cloud of suspicion and guilt upon themselves.
Great leader they have there in that Chief. Maybe one day he'll get the goofballs under control and stop letting them embarrass the whole damn department.
Show me a public department that would come out and comment. Any thing they say would be looked at as an admission of guilt. "They denied it, they must be hiding somthing from the public!" "No comment? They must be guilty!"
You can easily destroy reputations in the press because the public has been conditioned to beleive in the worst of human nature. These days just getting charged with a crime means you are guilty in the public eye, even before you go to trial.
Just because the persons in the paper said the RPD did these things dosent mean they did them. I, for one, will treat this like any other accusation. They are innocent until proven guilty.
Father of 3 and By The Book, If you think the RPD is so bad, call the state police, call the FBI, call the DoJ. Dont sit there and complain on a message board.
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every other local poilce dept. or for that matter nation wide has comminted on an officers tatics whaterer they support or disapprove of their actions except the rpd. can that be because the cheif is so ashammed of his officers actions or that the coruption runs through the dept ? but any comment at this point would be more than trying to save face.
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Jeffd902 wrote:
<quoted text>Show me a public department that would come out and comment. Any thing they say would be looked at as an admission of guilt. "They denied it, they must be hiding somthing from the public!" "No comment? They must be guilty!"
You can easily destroy reputations in the press because the public has been conditioned to beleive in the worst of human nature. These days just getting charged with a crime means you are guilty in the public eye, even before you go to trial.
Just because the persons in the paper said the RPD did these things dosent mean they did them. I, for one, will treat this like any other accusation. They are innocent until proven guilty.
Father of 3 and By The Book, If you think the RPD is so bad, call the state police, call the FBI, call the DoJ. Dont sit there and complain on a message board.
So its just fine that the department releases names and charges of people arrested because they are suspected of doing something and put those peoples reputations in peril but the department puts themselves on a pedestal above that, huh?

You bleeping hypocrite.

Remember. Keep the bullet in your pocket Barney.
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so we have multi law suits tax payers are going to half to pay for due to poor officers on the job and then pay to retrain new officers that take their place, we half to buy a new trailer and gizmo that tell the driver how fast you are going because their was a drunk officer on the job, we had to deal with a cop's son rating out possible drug bust because he was the top pot dealer in the area till isp. got word of him and he's magically at rehab for the next 6 months when they come to question him. but all this is ok with you because no one should be able to question the powers that be and excpect an answer that matters. see the light romoville is just as crupt as chicago if not worse

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