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Accused cop had troubling service record

The Justice police officer who’s being sued for allegedly forcing a Burbank woman to engage in oral sex with him last spring has a police record of repeated departmental violations and suspensions.

Besides the 27-day suspension stemming from the sexual assault alleged in the federal lawsuit, Carmen Scardine was also suspended for a day in October 2011 after he refused to arrest a person who had threatened someone with a gun during a domestic incident, according to Justice Police records.

Before working in Justice, Scardine was a Posen officer and was disciplined four times, police records in that suburb show.

In November 2005, Scardine walked into Braun School in Oak Forest and demanded to speak in private with a student whom he claimed damaged his house with eggs, crank-called his house and loitered outside his stepdaughter’s window, according to records.

The boy claimed that Scardine threatened to harm him if he again came to Scardine’s house or by his stepdaughter and threw him against a wall and choked him, but a police investigation determined the battery could not be proved, records show. They indicated that Scardine got a two-day suspension for the incident, and the school district notified him that he could not talk to any students or enter district property again.

In 2007, Scardine was suspended for 20 days, which was dropped to 10, after hitting a woman’s car with his Posen squad car while talking on a cellphone and blaming her for the crash, according to records. They show he got out of his car, swore at the woman and ticketed her for causing the crash.

Posen’s insurance company investigated and determined that Scardine was talking on his cellphone and was responsible for the wreck. It refused to cover the damage claim on the police car, according to police documents.

Scardine failed to show for the court hearing on the ticket and gave no explanation for not appearing, according to records.

In April 2009, Posen resident Kristian Moore sued police, alleging that Scardine arrested her without probable cause, hit her several times and attempted to pepper spray her after police raided her home, according to court records. The case was settled out of court.

Scardine started his career as a part-time officer in Blue Island in July 1988 and two months later was suspended for 30 days for failing to report for duty. Five days after his suspension was up, Scardine got into a fight at a fast-food restaurant, hitting a man and leaving before police arrived, records show. He was suspended for seven days that month for violating department regulations.

In July 1990, Scardine was suspended for 15 days after striking a light pole with his squad car and failing to report it, and a year later was accused of stealing wooden pallets from the back of a supermarket, according to police records.

He resigned from the Blue Island department in July 1992, joining Tinley Park police, where he was fired five months later after breaking the department’s on-duty conduct code, records show.

They indicate that Scardine was brought back as a part timer on the Blue Island force in January 1993 and was later suspended for a total of nine days for two separate violations, including failing to report for duty.



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