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October 1, 2014, 7:22 pm
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Report: Top Springfield Cop Wore Racially-Provocative Shirt In 2008 Arrest Booking Photo

A booking photo from the 2008 arrest of Deputy Springfield Police Chief Cliff Buscher shows Buscher wearing a T-shirt with a racially-provocative message on it. 


Buscher had been arrested in Missouri after firing his weapon into a lake while intoxicated, during a camping trip that included other city officers.  In the photo… posted Friday on the Illinois Times website… Buscher is wearing a T-shirt that reads “Hooked on Ebonics… Get Wit Da Program.”


Internal affairs records about Cliff Buscher’s arrest are reportedly among the documents destroyed prematurely earlier this year by the Springfield police department.  Now a Sangamon County judge has ruled that a lawsuit over that document destruction can proceed. 


Judge John Belz rejected a motion by city attorneys to dismiss the case, brought by Pure News reporter Calvin Christian.  Belz says the case will ride on whether the SPD destroyed the documents in good faith… or bad.

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