City Hall fighting cop ex-Supt. Cline refused to punish
By TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters July 21, 2014 12:12AM
Then-police Supt. Phil Cline in 2006 with Mayor Richard M. Daley. | Sun-Times file photo
Updated: August 22, 2014 6:07AM
In one of his last acts before retiring from the Chicago Police Department, Supt. Phil Cline refused to discipline a detective who had submitted fraudulent documents to City Hall so he could operate a valet company that parked cars at Rush Street nightspots, newly obtained records show.
Detective Frank S. Esposito “committed acts of consumer fraud and deceptive practices,” an investigation by the police Internal Affairs Division found. Internal affairs recommended Cline suspend Esposito for 30 days.
Instead, Cline decided not to punish Esposito at all. Cline and Esposito are friends, and Cline was in Esposito’s wedding party.