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October 21, 2014, 4:29 pm
970 WMAY News

Houston Waiting on ISP Investigation Before Holding Anyone Accountable in Shred Case

Mayor Mike Houston says he is waiting for an Illinois State Police investigation into the shredding of Internal Affairs files before he holds anyone in his administration accountable.


Without discussing details of a possible settlement in the case, Houston says that he will let the investigation run its course and take whatever action pending the outcome.


When asked if he knew who was responsible, outside of an investigation, Houston refused to answer the question.  Police Chief Robert Williams retired and Corporation Counsel Mark Cullen resigned amid the scandal, but a few others who may have been involved are still employed by the city.


The City has already settled on one count in the case of improperly destroying Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher's file.  Buscher's file was not included in the change of retention for IA files that pertains to members of the union.


Several aldermen have requested copies of the depositions from the civil case so they can review them before making any decision on a possible settlement.


Aldermen may soon consider an ordinance that would accept a settlement with Calvin Christian over the destruction of Police Internal Affairs files. 


An appellate prosecutor told WMAY back in June that Illinois State Police were investigating possible violations of public records laws, but a status of that investigation is unknown.

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