Four friends of David Koschman told detectives earlier this year they’d be willing to take lie-detector tests to back up their recollections that Koschman wasn’t being physically aggressive when he was punched in the face by a nephew of Mayor Daley in a drunken confrontation in 2004 that led to his death.
It’s time for someone to take them up on that, former Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis says.
“Some of the witnesses have said, ‘Hey, the stories are different. We did not say this guy [Koschman] was the aggressor . . .’ ” Weis said. “If they’re willing to take polygraphs, that’s kind of a simple way to at least help you get pointed in the right direction.”
In an interview, Weis said he was the one who ordered a new set of detectives to re-examine the evidence in January, after the Chicago Sun-Times asked for documents from the 7-year-old case.
The police formally closed the investigation on March 1, which was Weis’ last day on the job. They concluded that Vanecko shouldn’t be charged because he acted in self-defense when he punched Koschman, 21, in the face about 3:15 a.m. on April 25, 2004. Koschman hit the back of his head on Division Street and died from a brain injury 11 days later.
via Jody Weis: Give Koschman witnesses polygraphs – Chicago Sun-Times.
October 21, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Two officers stripped of their powers following an alleged beating have been reinstated while the investigation continues against the five other officers allegedly involved.
The police union said Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis jumped the gun relieving the two officers of their police powers and is demanding an apology.
“You have to remember, we relieve officers for the welfare of the public and the officers. It is not discipline. It is not a suspension,” Weis said.
Story: 7 cops stripped of duties amid brutality probe
Accusations of police brutality emerged after a handcuffed suspect was allegedly assaulted by a police officer on the South Side.
“That’s serious. When we learned this information from the Independent Police [Review] Authority, we had to take immediate action. Based on the facts at that time, it was appropriate that the officers identified to us were relieved of police powers,” Weis said. “If we receive allegations, we will oftentimes relieve them of police powers if we feel they represent a problem for the public. We do this for the protection of all involved.”
Weis also recently announced he will shift more officers to higher-crime areas while almost all the numbers in every crime category are down.
Chicago Police Department Superintendent Jody Weis responds to police beating allegations on South Side at 79th and Vincennes | abc7chicago.com