By: Diane Benjamin
In case you forgot, Gabriella Calhoun is the young lady from the Denny’s incident that happened in 2013.
Her case also led to the discovery of racists comments made by Sgt Shumaker that had been buried by the City. Sgt Shumaker wasn’t fired, he just got a letter in his file that will disappear in 5 years if no further incidents take place.
This is my original story from 2013: https://blnnews.com/2013/07/09/bloomington-police-bullies-racist-or-can-they-explain/
These are stories from last January when Calhoun was found NOT guilty of assaulting a police officer. They are also about the audio cover-up that led to the Not In Our Town public meeting.
Chicago attempted to bury the video of an officer shooting a black guy. Bloomington attempted to bury audio of an officer’s racist comments.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the Chicago Police Chief. Today the New York Times called for Rahm to step down.
Renner claimed he didn’t know about the audio. Hales claimed Sgt Shumaker suffered severe penalties. The Police Chief at the time was temporary and is now long gone.
Meanwhile, Gabriella Calhoun has sued the City for her injuries – see pics of her at the 2013 link above.
Chicago bought off the family of the dead black guy for $5,000,000.
Bloomington will be paying Calhoun – the City can’t legally hide the amount.
Other than 17 year-old Laquan McDonald is now dead while Gabriella Calhoun was only injured, what’s the difference between how Chicago and Bloomington handled misconduct by officers?
More than a year after the shooting the Chicago officer was arrested, but only after a judge ordered the video released. In Bloomington the officer got a letter in his file.
What’s the same? Cover-up. Hiding the truth. Two mayors claiming they aren’t responsible.
Who paid for police bad behavior? Mostly Chicago and Bloomington taxpayers.