Suit: Cop Set Feds on Daughter-In-Law for Pot He Helped Her Grow

Officer Curtis Scherr

BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter July 7, 2014 4:08PM

It was the family feud of nightmares.

Jennifer Scherr was the mother of an 8-year-old girl dying of brain cancer.

She says her father-in-law, a Chicago cop, helped her grow marijuana in her Evergreen Park basement to medicate her dying child’s suffering.

Officer Curtis Scherr gave her weighing scales and growing lamps, told her how not to get caught, and even helped tend what he called her “garden,” she says.

Then, in the summer of 2012, little Liza died, and everything went to hell.

Her father-in-law described Liza’s remains as a “biohazard” and wanted them removed from his daughter-in-law’s home before everyone had paid their respects, she says.

He added relatives she didn’t want included to the obituary, then brought them to the funeral, she says. He placed Catholic icons on Liza’s casket, though Liza and her mom were Protestant, she says.

And a week later, he tried to take her ashes from the funeral home and flew into a rage when he wasn’t allowed to, she says.

Then he and another cop went to a Cook County judge and got a search warrant, saying there were drugs in Jennifer Scherr’s basement.

Suit: Cop Set Feds on Daughter-In-Law for Pot He Helped Her Grow