Ex-Daley Security Officers Sue over Transfers

Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune, August 16, 2012

Eleven Chicago police officers who were removed from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s security detail when he took office have filed a federal lawsuit alleging they were replaced by officers who had volunteered on the mayor’s campaign.

The officers, who are white or Hispanic, also alleged discrimination, saying African-American officers on the detail with less seniority were not demoted at the time.

The lawsuit contended that police Cmdr. Brian Thompson, in charge of the security detail, and the city violated Chicago’s decades-old Shakman decree, which prohibits political considerations in most city hiring decisions.


The lawsuit, filed Monday, said the transfers from the mayor’s security detail lowered the officers’ ranks and significantly reduced their pay and benefits. They are seeking unspecified monetary damages as well as a return to their previous jobs.

{snip} A spokesman for the department denied that Emanuel or his staff played any part in the hiring of his security detail and said the decisions were made by Terry Hillard while he was interim police superintendent.

Terry Hillard

Hillard issued a statement Wednesday defending his actions, saying he consulted security experts and the U.S. Secret Service in putting the team together.

“It was, as it should be, a careful and deliberative process, and at no time were political or any other inappropriate factors considered, period,” Hillard said.


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  • Global Minority

    It’s never racial when blacks do it to non-blacks, mainly Whites. Good for them and I am glad they are suing. However, the court system is corrupted as well. So I don’t know that they will recieve a fair ruling on the matter. The laws are what they say they are at the time.

  • JackKrak

    I sympathize with them, but at the same time I think “You live by Chicago rules, you die by Chicago rules”….

  • IstvanIN

    If the Mayor wants a black security detail so be it, its his life on the line.

  • By the way, how did that slimeball get elected mayor?

    1.  He got two-thirds of the white vote

    2.  He got very close to a majority of the black vote, because he was Obama’s chief of staff.  In spite of former Sen. Carol Mostly Fraud in the race.

    3.  He got a friendly judge to stuff a residency lawsuit against his campaign down a rabbit hole.

  • anarchyst

    Rahm Emanuel is a homosexual jew liberal . . . with strong connections to the o’bama . . .

    • IstvanIN

       Why would a “homosexual jew liberal” want an incompetent security detail?  Incompetent police to protect the average person, yes, but not themselves.

  • “Yeah,  I gots duh secret sevice memo right here, it say “#1, you needs an all black security detail, it be the best way to protect duh mayor”

    “see,  right there from the USA secret service, I dint do nuffin wrong”

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    The guy looks like he should be opening the doors at some mid-priced hotels in Chicago.


  • Major

    Is that guy Danny Glover’s ( racist ) brother  or what?

    Oh well…Rahm the “Christian values aren’t Chicago values” ( Chick-Fil-A ) gets to pick his very own Klan in Tan or his unique revamped Gestapo.

  • Global Minority

    Through out right fraud. The rules state the the would be person running for major in order to qualify would have to live within the limits of the city. WHICH he clearly did not. He owned a home yes, however it was NOT his prminary residnecy. He rents that home. However, they went to court and the Supreme Court of Chicago ruled it was OK. So in otherwords they bent the rules for him!