***UPDATE*** Nov 8, 2011 @ 8:30pm
Slain Chicago officer to be buried with badge
STORY AT CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has posthumously restored the star of an officer who was allegedly beaten to death by her grandson, so she can be buried with the star.
--This woman adopted her three grand children, including her future killer, while raising her own two children.
There is no evidence of abuse from any other child except the mentally disturbed murderer that filed a complaint with DCFS.
DCFS cleared the officer of any wrong doing and the Independent Police Review Authority has been "investigating" for the past four years?
Give this officer back her dignity and allow her to be buried in peace and in blue.--
STORY AT CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
City Hall Reporter
Last Modified: Nov 8, 2011 03:06PM
The Fraternal Order of Police is demanding that police powers be posthumously restored to a Chicago Police officer allegedly murdered by her grandson.
Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields said Officer Hester Scott was stripped of her police powers in 2007 — and reassigned to the so-called “callback” unit — after being accused of abuse by the same “mentally ill” grandson now charged with her murder.
Shields said it’s inexcusable that the Independent Police Review Authority would take four years to lift a cloud over the officer’s head.
Scott remained in the callback section, even after the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigated, then dismissed her grandson’s abuse allegations.
“She’s been stripped of her police powers. Now, she’s gonna be buried without her star. Our objective is to have her exonerated and have the star by the time the funeral takes place,” Shields said.
“Our attorneys are gonna be making the argument that the person making these false allegations is the actual murderer.”
Shields argued that Scott’s situation is “not unique.”
“There are many officers who have been falsely accused of allegations who sit in limbo for years when they could be patrolling the streets. The criminal history of the complainant does not bear a significant impact on IPRA as it should,” he said.
“This officer could have easily been back on patrol policing the streets. But, IPRA drags cases on and places police officers in limbo for eternity.”
Ilana Rosenzweig, IPRA’s newly-reappointed chief administrator, could not be reached for comment.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel refused to comment on specifics of Scott’s case. But he, too, is concerned about the time it takes IPRA to conclude its investigations of alleged police wrongdoing.
“We will have a more regular report on where cases are and the frequency in which they get heard, so people can get clarity and certainty around their individual cases. ... We’re putting in place right now a process so there’s not a backlog of police cases [and] people can have their careers [back] and move on,” he said.
Apparently referring to Scott’s murder, Emanuel said, “I want you to know that, prior to this, I was already speaking to this point [with] a number of the alderman about how to handle it and have better reporting so there’s an accountability and an oversight that is necessary. ... I want to address the general point about somebody waiting for four years.”
Last Friday, Scott was stabbed to death after allegedly confronting her 15-year-old grandson about falling asleep watching TV and skipping classes at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep.
Keshawn Perkins has been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. Enraged by his grandmother’s demands, Perkins allegedly hit Scott in the head with a lamp “until she shut up,” then stabbed her repeatedly with a kitchen knife, prosecutors said.
Two bloody kitchen knives were recovered from the basement of Scott’s home in the 8800-block of South Wallace. Perkins allegedly told police where he had dumped his grandmother’s body and hidden his own bloody clothes.
Scott was a mother of two who had adopted Keshawn and his three siblings seven years ago after her drug-addicted daughter’s children were taken into foster care because she could no longer care for them.