Lawyer for the Chicago Police Department says pair discredited agency, as dismissal hearing concludes
A Chicago Police Board hearing on the proposed firing of two officers allegedly involved in a bogus-ticket-writing scheme wrapped up Tuesday, with city officials saying the cops disgraced the department and have to go, and the officers reiterating their claim that someone stole their citation books to further the harassment of an Orland Park motorist.
A handwriting expert called by the officers testified that it is "more probable than not" that someone other than Officers Horst Hegewald and Paul Roque filled out the seven false tickets at the heart of the hearing. Lawyers for the city called this "very weak" evidence that should be dismissed.
Twenty-four bad tickets in all were written against Mark Geinosky between 2007 and 2008. All were thrown out. But Geinosky, who testified that he thinks they were tied to his contentious divorce proceeding, is suing five police officers in the matter.
Hegewald and Roque are two of five officers named in a police investigation. Two other officers have, respectively, resigned and been terminated on unrelated charges. A fifth is serving with the Air National Guard in Afghanistan; he has not been notified of the charges.
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