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City Hall fighting cop ex-Supt. Cline refused to punish

Then-police Supt. Phil Cline 2006 with Mayor Richard M. Daley.   |  Sun-Times file photo

Then-police Supt. Phil Cline in 2006 with Mayor Richard M. Daley. | Sun-Times file photo

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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.

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