Chicago man files federal suit vs. accused Schaumburg cops, village
BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporteremail@example.com February 18, 2013 6:38PM
Diangelo Beasley holds his 9-month-old daughter, Rosina. He spent 8 months in jail before case was dropped . Monday, February 18, 2013 | Brian Jackson~ Sun-Times
Updated: March 20, 2013 6:33AM
Diangelo Beasley was watching TV last month in a day room in the Cook County Jail.
He was locked up on a serious drug charge — and he was full of despair.
His daughter was 8 months old and his only chance to see her was when her mother brought her to the jail on visits.
Then, something on the news grabbed his attention. There on the screen were the three Schaumburg Police officers who arrested Beasley. And they were accused of being dirty cops.
“I saw them guys on TV and I said, ‘Hopefully I will finally get some justice,’ ” Beasley said.
Since that day, Cook County prosecutors have dismissed criminal cases against Beasley and 14 other people because they had been arrested by the accused Schaumburg officers: John Cichy, Matthew Hudak and Terrance O’Brien.
On Monday, Beasley’s attorney filed a lawsuit in federal court against those officers and the village of Schaumburg.
The lawsuit said the officers beat Beasley and arrested him on a false drug charge last summer in nearby Arlington Heights. Schaumburg authorities had failed to supervise the officers properly, the lawsuit said.
“My client got lucky,” said Beasley’s attorney, David S. Lipschultz, of the law firm Goldberg Weisman Cairo.
“If the federal and local authorities had not arrested those officers, Diangelo would not only still be in jail but would likely be facing many years in prison away from his new family,” Lipschultz said.
Beasley is no angel. He went to prison on a drug charge in 2005 and was on probation for a 2011 drug conviction when he was arrested in Arlington Heights last summer.
But the 25-year-old Englewood resident said he decided to turn his back on the streets when his daughter Rosina was born on May 6, 2012.
“She was barely a month old when I was arrested,” he said in an interview Monday. “It was devastating.”
Beasley said he was working part time in his uncle’s car repair shop and doing other odd jobs when he was busted by the officers on June 27, 2012.
“I still knew people from my past, but I changed,” he said.
On the day he was arrested, Beasley had taken a Metra train from Chicago to Arlington Heights to meet a friend who lives in Schaumburg. They were planning to drive to a party in Palatine, he said.
A stranger — later identified as Hudak — was in the friend’s car, Beasley said.
He said Hudak, who didn’t say he was a cop, asked Beasley for the name of a drug dealer.
When he refused to give up the name, Hudak pistol-whipped his head, Beasley said.
Then Hudak pulled Beasley from the car and the other officers tackled and beat him, he claims.
The officers alleged that they had seized cocaine from him — which he says is a lie.
Beasley also said the officers stole more than $400 he was carrying.
“Every other time I got locked up, my money got inventoried,” he said.
The officers, who have resigned, are accused of stealing drugs and money from narcotics dealers, then reselling the drugs through another dealer over a nine-month period. O’Brien confessed that the officers committed the crimes “for the thrill of it,” Cook County prosecutors said.
In late January, prosecutors dropped a charge of delivery of a controlled substance against Beasley. If convicted, he would have faced six to 30 years in prison.
Beasley’s lawsuit is the second one filed against the officers in federal court.
Earlier this month, Hudak and O’Brien were sued for allegedly seizing $5,000 from a Hoffman Estates home in a 2011 drug raid — but inventorying only $2,820. Later that year, a judge dismissed drug charges against Kelley Altom, who filed the lawsuit. The judge said the search warrant was inadmissible.
Beasley, meanwhile, said: “I’ve lost eight months of my life that I can’t get back,” referring to the time he spent in jail waiting for trial in the Schaumburg case.
“Anybody who sees their daughter grow up through the glass — that’s hard,” he said.