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Friday, March 7, 2008

[IL] Officer Hayes fired in slow motion - but not for his prior 3 dv cases

...Hayes was hired in July 1996. In 2002 a Cook County assistant state's attorney prosecuting a domestic battery case against Hayes ran his name through the county's court computers and discovered the conviction, records show. Hayes had also been arrested in 2001 for another domestic battery case and in 2006 for making harassing phone calls, but all three cases were dismissed...

Chicago cop who committed felony in '95 is fired
Chicago Tribune
By Angela Rozas
March 7, 2008
[Excerpts] A veteran Chicago police officer was fired last month after an investigation revealed he concealed a felony conviction when he applied for the job in 1995... David Hayes, 39, pleaded guilty in 1995 to leaving the scene of an accident after he crashed a car into an Illinois state trooper's vehicle, injuring the officer, and then fled. He turned himself in to state police and was eventually sentenced to 2 years of probation. Four months after pleading guilty, Hayes applied to be a Chicago police officer, marking on his job application that he had never been convicted of a crime or been interviewed in a criminal matter. A Chicago police investigator conducted a routine criminal background check, but the criminal conviction didn't turn up. Hayes was hired in July 1996. In 2002 a Cook County assistant state's attorney prosecuting a domestic battery case against Hayes ran his name through the county's court computers and discovered the conviction, records show. Hayes had also been arrested in 2001 for another domestic battery case and in 2006 for making harassing phone calls, but all three cases were dismissed. The prosecutor forwarded the conviction record to the Police Department. Four years later, in November 2006, the department recommended that Hayes be fired for lying on his application and for carrying a weapon while he was a convicted felon. On Feb. 21, the Chicago Police Board fired Hayes, who had last been assigned to the Austin District. Monique Bond, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman, did not know why the firing took so long...

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