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Key CPD lieutenant had secret meeting with Koschman detective

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Six months after a special prosecutor concluded that the Chicago Police Department fabricated witness statements to justify closing its investigation into David Koschman’s death without charging a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration hasn’t moved to discipline any of the cops.

But City Hall has hired four law firms to defend those cops and the police department against a civil rights lawsuit filed by Koschman’s mother. They are asking a federal judge to dismiss her case.

In an unusual move, the police department has ceded its disciplinary authority in the Koschman case to city of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.

According to department records, Ferguson told the police he is conducting an “administrative inquiry into potential misconduct of city employees and systematic failures that occurred during the 2004 and 2011 investigations of Koschman’s death.”

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is awaiting Ferguson’s recommendations before taking any disciplinary action against officers involved in the case, according to a police source.

Updated: September 26, 2014 12:44PM

In early 2011, as the Chicago Police Department began re-investigating a homicide involving a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley, a high-ranking cop had a secret meeting with the retired detective who didn’t solve the case seven years earlier, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

The records show the meeting between Lt. Denis P. Walsh, a homicide case supervisor, and retired Det. Ronald E. Yawger took place in January 2011 — the same month Walsh reported Yawger’s original file on the David Koschman case was missing. Months later, that missing file ended up in a safe inside Walsh’s Northwest Side bungalow, the Sun-Times has reported.

There’s no record of the meeting in police files that have been released on the Koschman case.


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