This is reprinted from an email I received. This situation is ridiculous to say the least!!!
We have it hard enough out there doing our jobs, protecting communities, taking scum off the streets, so that others could live without fear.Â Â Â ThisÂ Officer was doing his job.
In Oct 2006, the offender and another teenager were shooting out car windows when they shot out the car window of an off duty Park Ridge Police Officer’s vehicle with a projectile. The off duty Police Officer and responding units chased the two offenders, whenÂ one of the offender’sÂ decided to run and resist arrest.Â The offenderÂ was charged with two counts of felony criminal damage to property, two counts of reckless conduct and one count of resisting a peace officer. The offender received minor bruising and scraping to his face as a result of his actions, and resisting arrest.Â The offenderÂ never requested medical attention nor went to the hospital immediately following this incident.Â The offenderÂ admitted to this incident in court and paid restitution to the vehicle owners, including the off duty Officer.
AnÂ internal investigation was attempted, in which theÂ offender and his family, after numerous attempts, Â refused to cooperate with.
In Oct 2007, 1 YEAR, after this incident, the offender and his family file a law suit against the City of Park Ridge and the officers involved. The State’s Attorney’s office is now mysteriously interested in this case and decides to open an investigation, 1 year later. –AN OFFENDER, SHOOTING AT CAR WINDOWS, COMMITTING A CRIME, AND MINOR INJURY TO THE OFFENDER AS A RESULT OF HIM RESISTING ARREST.
In Jan 2010 The Park Ridge Police Dept and the City of Park Ridge settle a lawsuit with the offender, a tactic commonly used to avoid the numerous costs of going to trial.
OCT 2010, 4 YEARS AFTER THIS INCIDENT, LT. JASON LEAVITT IS INDICTED FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY AND OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT.
On Monday, Oct 15th, 2010, Â Jason Leavitt had to go and turn himself in at 26th and California to be arraigned in front of a judge. To face the possibility of losingÂ his job, his income to support his family, andÂ now have to come up withÂ a minimum of $30,000 to start, to defend the lawful actionÂ that he took, chasing an offenderÂ committing numerous felonies, not knowing ifÂ the offender is armed, Â in the course of his duties.
All the times we have gone to court, walking through those hallways, riding up the elevators with the filth that we arrest.
I could not fathom how embarrassing and humiliating this must be to Jason Leavitt.
I am embarrassed and disgusted to work inÂ a climate where the State’s Attorney’s office chooses to spend it’s time prosecuting aÂ Decorated Police Officer over criminals, a Police OfficerÂ who has dedicated his life and has put his life on the line forÂ law enforcement and the community.
I’ve seen some ridiculous moves by the State’s Attorney’s office,Â but thisÂ incident, along with a few others, makes me want to re-evaluate how aggressive of a Police Officer I want to be in the future.
I am good friends with many State’s Attorneys,Â I am not lumping them all together, some of them are good at their jobs, some not, same with Police Officers.Â We all know that there are dirty PoliceÂ Officers out there, and I am in NO WAY sticking up forÂ or defending them when I ask for your support for the injustice that is taking place here, with this incident.
I have to repeat,Â a 4 YEAR INVESTIGATION FOR AN OFFENDER, COMMITTING NUMEROUS FELONIES, WITH MINOR INJURIES AS A RESULT OF HIS DECISION TO RESIST A POLICE OFFICER.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??Â DO YOU THINK THIS OFFENDER AND HIS FAMILY MIGHT BE FRIENDS WITH SOMEONE?
JASON LEAVITT IS A LT WITH THE PARK RIDGE POLICE DEPT,Â RECIPIENT OFÂ THE MEDAL OF HONOR(NIPIS),Â MEDAL OF VALOR FROM COOK COUNTY SHERIFF’S POLICE, VFW STATE OF ILLINOIS OFFICER OF THE YEAR,THE MEDAL OF VALOR FROM THE ILLINOIS TACTICAL OFFICERS ASSOCIATION( AFTER SHOOTING AND KILLING AN OFFENDER IN A BARRICADE STANDOFF IN 2000Â ), RECENTLY PROMOTED TO TEAM COMMANDER OF THE NIPAS (NORTHERN ILLINOIS POLICE ALARM SYSTEM) EMERGENCY SERVICES TEAM(SWAT)Â Â , AÂ 17YR POLICE VETERAN, A HUSBAND AND A FATHER.
THIS COULD BE ANY ONE OF US.
PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
BENEFIT INFORMATION WILL BE FORTH COMING
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND BE SAFE