Superintendent David Brown tried to prevent the city from moving forward with the firing of Sgt. William Spyker but ultimately a single Chicago Police Board member decided to allow the case against Spyker to move forward. Why did Brown do this? We don't really know because the Chicago media allows Brown to make all these decisions without really having to explain them.
Spyker was caught on video from his body camera trying to suppress a complaint against one of his officers in exchange for not arresting the complainant for allegedly corrupting a crime scene and obstruction of justice. This very type of misconduct what happens everyday on the street and plays a significant role in poisoning the relationship between communities and the CPD.
If Brown was serious about truly reforming the CPD this is the type of misconduct he would be going after aggressively. Instead, he make a unilateral decision that despite the conduct being abhorrent and on video this officer should only be suspended rather than terminated. This move ends up as just another reason why Brown should not continue to be the superintendent of the CPD.
Brown owes the residents of Chicago an explanation about why this officer should not lose his job. He will not provide one because the media will not force him to do so.
Also on the show today:
The failure of NYPD's "No-Fly List"
Anjanette Young pushes for report release
Video from today's show: