Shooting a rifle from a fixed position has nothing to do in common with securing a handgun on the street or firing a handgun.
Chicago police pension officials have asked the Cook County state’s attorney to investigate a cop who has taken up big-game hunting while collecting more than $700,000 in disability pay because he says he can’t safely fire a weapon.
The city’s request came July 31, two weeks after the Chicago Sun-Times revealed that the officer, Charles T. Siedlecki, had been on African safaris in which he shot and killed a hippopotamus, a wildebeest and other animals.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the decision by the eight-member pension board, which includes his top two financial advisers.
“The pension board is taking the right step by referring this case of suspected fraud to the state’s attorney,” said Sarah Hamilton, Emanuel’s communications director. “It is sad when any individual would be dishonest about their disability to take advantage of the system.”
State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office declined to comment on Siedlecki’s case and refused to release any correspondence between her office and the pension fund.
“I am not currently at liberty to admit or deny the existence of a pending criminal investigation,” assistant state’s attorney Paul A. Castiglione wrote in response to a Sun-Times inquiry. “I cannot amplify any reasons for denying this request at this time.”