February 22, 2019

Disciplinary Cases Against Police Officer Jason Van Dyke and Four Other Officers Remain Before the Police Board (Updated on February 22)

UPDATE ON THE PRESS RELEASE

February 22, 2019

Due to the amount of time it is taking for the attorneys to receive documents that were covered by the decorum order entered in the Van Dyke criminal case, and the hiring of new attorneys by two of the respondents, the Police Board has granted the respondents’ request to re-schedule the evidentiary hearing (counsel for the Superintendent did not object to this request). The hearing for the cases of Sergeant Stephen Franko, and Police Officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian, and Ricardo Viramontes is now set for April 10 – 12, 2019.

(Respondent Van Dyke remains in a no-pay status and his Police Board case has not be scheduled for an evidentiary hearing because it is anticipated that additional charges will be filed due to his being de-certified as a police officer.) 

 

UPDATE ON THE PRESS RELEASE

December 17 2018

At today's status hearing, Police Board Hearing Officer Thomas Johnson scheduled the cases of Sergeant Stephen Franko, and Police Officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian, and Ricardo Viramontes for an evidentiary hearing to take place March 5 - 7, 2019.

(Respondent Van Dyke remains suspended without pay and his Police Board case will not be scheduled for an evidentiary hearing prior to his being sentenced in criminal court.) 

 

UPDATE ON THE PRESS RELEASE

November 29, 2018

The Police Board has entered an Order lifting the stay of the disciplinary cases brought against Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, Sergeant Stephen Franko, and Police Officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian, and Ricardo Viramontes related to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.

The next status hearing is scheduled for Monday, December 17, at 1:00pm, at which the Board has ordered the hearing officer to schedule the cases of Respondents Franko, Mondragon, Sebastian, and Viramontes for an evidentiary hearing (Respondent Van Dyke remains suspended without pay and his case will not be scheduled for an evidentiary hearing on December 17). 

 

 

UPDATE ON THE PRESS RELEASE

October 12, 2018

The Superintendent has filed a Motion to Vacate the Police Board’s June 12, 2017, Order on Motions to Stay the disciplinary cases brought against Officer Van Dyke and four other officers related to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.

A status heaing re this motion is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, at 10:00 a.m. in the hearing room of the Police Board office.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 5, 2018

 

CONTACT:

Executive Director Max Caproni

312-742-3259

Max.Caproni@cityofchicago.org

 

DISCIPLINARY CASES AGAINST POLICE OFFICER JASON VAN DYKE

AND FOUR OTHER OFFICERS REMAIN BEFORE THE POLICE BOARD

 

Today, the jury returned its verdict in the criminal case brought against Police Officer Jason Van Dyke for his fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.  The disciplinary cases brought against Officer Van Dyke and four other officers related to this shooting remain before the Chicago Police Board, but have not been under active review because they are stayed.

 

In August 2016 the Superintendent filed with the Police Board charges against Officer Van Dyke, Sergeant Stephen Franko, and Police Officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian, and Ricardo Viramontes, recommending that each of the five officers be discharged from the Chicago Police Department.  In June 2017 the Board ordered these cases stayed because going ahead with the disciplinary cases against these officers at that time could prejudice and potentially jeopardize the pending criminal proceedings and the officers’ constitutional rights.

 

The Board stands ready to hear these cases once doing so will no longer prejudice or potentially jeopardize any criminal case or constitutional right.  The Board will promptly and thoroughly consider any motion to lift the stay, and any hearing on such a motion will be announced at a public meeting of the Board and on the Board’s website at ChicagoPoliceBoard.org.

 

The role of the Police Board is to serve as an impartial body that makes decisions based on the evidence presented at a disciplinary hearing. The Board takes final action on all cases in public at its monthly meetings, where each Board member’s vote is announced and recorded, and the Board posts on its website its written decisions, which include detailed explanations of the reasons for the Board’s findings.

 

All charges filed by the Superintendent and detailed information about the Board’s process for handling disciplinary cases are available at ChicagoPoliceBoard.org.

 

The Police Board does not comment on the substance of specific disciplinary cases that are pending before the Board.

 

The public is reminded that the filing of charges is not evidence of guilt.  The accused officers are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair hearing at which the Superintendent has the burden of proving guilt by a preponderance of the evidence.

 

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