CPD officer files suit against city
September 12, 2006 (WLS) -- ABC7 news has learned that a prominent Chicago police officer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he is being publicly shamed and humiliated by an internal affairs investigation. In this I-Team Intelligence Report: the question of "good cop, bad cop."
The police officer's name is John Krupa III. He is from a proud family of Chicago cops. On the side, Krupa himself owns a law enforcement training company and has been considered one of the nation's top teachers in police tactics.
Two years ago Krupa was charged with obstruction of justice in a drug case. Even though Krupa was acquitted, he still has just a desk job, and so he is now suing the department he works for and several of its officers, charging them with smearing his reputation.
The I-Team first reported on officer Krupa last year, in a piece entitled "Good Cop, Bad Cop." At the time, Krupa was on trial in connection with an incident that occurred on Chicago's West Side. Apparently acting on a tip, police internal affairs investigators brought Krupa from his squad car into a second floor office.
According to the police report, Krupa was carrying a "green bag" that had been "previously indicated" by a police drug dog. The report stated that as a search warrant for the green duffle bag was being obtained, Krupa "fled the station on foot through a rear door," taking the bag with him.
Krupa returned 20 minutes later on his own, according to the report, admitting that he had taken the bag, explaining that he left to get his cell phone and car keys. When Krupa returned, investigators found no drugs in the bag. Immediately, he was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of justice, stripped of his police power and made to surrender his star and gun.
He has not been reinstated as a sworn officer even though his criminal trial ended almost 18 months ago.
"He was acquitted, as I told you he would be. The evidence simply was not there to convict him -- he was innocent. The evidence at trial showed that he was innocent. He was acquitted. Unfortunately, the administrative part is still going on," said Sam Amirante, Krupa's lawyer.
That means Krupa's police powers have not been reinstated, and city officials tell the I-Team they are moving to terminate him from the department.
But now, the former Marine and one time officer of the year has filed this federal lawsuit against the city and several internal affairs investigators, alleging that they conducted "illegal searches of his personal property," "released confidential information to a local television network," which then broadcast "Good Cop/Bad Cop," that they "falsely charged him," subjecting him to "public shame, embarrassment and humiliation and loss of income."
"This was a botched investigation by internal affairs, the rules were violated. This was in open court. Obviously, somebody was angry somewhere along the line. You know why? Because he's a good cop and that happens with good cops," said Amirante.
City lawyers don't believe Krupa is a good cop and they have filed answers in court denying the allegations in his lawsuit.
Krupa's side business has taken a hit by all this, says his lawyer, who is asking for $2 million from the city and the internal affairs cops who busted him, and Krupa wants a formal apology for what he terms a "fabricated" case.
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