By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington may have a problem with one of their firefighters. Unfortunately most of the information I received under FOIA is redacted. Since he hasn’t been charged or even disciplined, I am withholding his name. The sources that gave me information claim this isn’t the only problem this guy has had, he just seems to skate every time.
This story concerns both Bloomington and Normal. The FOIA information I received from each conflicts.
Received from Bloomington – all the redactions are theirs:
I initially FOIA’d both cities at the same time because I knew the female had gone to the Normal Police Department for the reasons stated.
Normal’s FOIA initially came back with “no information found”. I then replied to that request citing this section from what Bloomington eventually produced. I received this response from the FOIA officer:
So, the female was too afraid to make a report in Bloomington and Normal basically turned it over to Bloomington anyway.
Also received from Bloomington – they redacted everything in black:
The Bloomington FOIA mentioned the Normal police report more than once, yet Normal claims to have nothing.
The report above ends with this:
There was no evidence of any discipline in this case in response to my FOIA. I had reason to believe an investigation was still happening, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
So why do a story with a lot of missing details?
Remember the former Bloomington police officer who used illegally obtained information on females for personal use? My sources think this guy is following in the same footsteps.
Females need to be alert. I’m not sure Bloomington or Normal is the place to report a problem. If you feel threatened, try the Sheriff or the State Police.