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September 2, 2014, 9:09 am
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Special Prosecutor Appointed To Investigate Destruction Of Police Records


A special prosecutor has been named to look into the actions of Springfield police officials that led to the shredding of internal affairs records a year ahead of schedule. 

 

Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser requested the appointment of a special prosecutor because of perceived conflicts of interest.  Milhiser notes that his office works closely with many of the same police officials that may come under investigation.  His office is also prosecuting several cases against the man who filed a civil complaint against police over the destruction of those records. 

 

The State's Attorney's Appellate Prosecutor's office will take over the case to determine if police department brass violated state law when they destroyed those documents without getting authorization from the state.

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