The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police officially removed beleaguered President Mike Shields from his post — just months after its Illinois counterpart suspended him. | Sun-Times files
Updated: March 6, 2014 3:21PM
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police has voted to oust beleaguered President Mike Shields — just months after its Illinois counterpart suspended him.
The Chicago FOP’s board of directors, in a 15-11 vote, officially removed Shields during a Tuesday meeting, according to a posting on the FOP’s website.
“Last month, the Committee appointed to hear four charges filed against Shields convened and weighed the evidence,” the posting said. “A report was prepared by the Committee and presented to the Board of Directors yesterday as part of the monthly Board Meeting. After consideration, the Board of Directors voted and found Shields guilty of three of the four charges. After a finding of guilt, the Board voted that Shields be removed as president of the FOP.”
The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police suspended Shields in December, just days after Shields leveled the explosive charge that the last two police contracts directed by an independent arbitrator were “fixed” in the city’s favor and that the recent sergeants’ contract arbitration may have also been rigged.
During the December meeting in which he was suspended, Shields — in text messages to the Chicago Sun-Times — said the state FOP was doing the bidding of the former union leaders whom Shields has accused of being in cahoots with the city.
“They can’t remove me. They don’t have the authority,” Shields said in one message. “It’s an illegal act and frivolous.”
At one point during that meeting, an on-duty sergeant and two officers were dispatched to the FOP hall to “ensure that order and safety was maintained,” Chicago Police spokesman Adam Collins said at the time.
Since the suspension, Shields has filed suit, claiming he was unfairly suspended and removed as president of the FOP — in violation of the Illinois Whistleblower Act.
Shields could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.
One of his attorneys told the Sun-Times he wasn’t “particularly surprised” by Tuesday’s vote.
“We do a lot of whistleblower work and a lot of retaliation work, and unfortunately too often this what employers do when somebody blows the whistle for the public good — they find a way to terminate them and make life hard for them,” said the attorney, Ethan White.
Shields also made headlines last year, when he was forced to apologize to rank-and-file Chicago Police officers for paperwork mistakes that denied them their automatic right to a retroactive pay raise.