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Cop arrested for allegedly taking bribe to fix traffic case

Updated: September 18, 2012 9:01PM

A 45-year-old Chicago Police officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly taking a bribe to fix a traffic-related case, sources said.

The officer, who works in the Ogden District on the Southwest Side, was arrested by the police internal affairs bureau at a restaurant at 26th and California near the Cook County jail and Criminal Courthouse.

The Sun-Times isn’t naming the 18-year veteran because he has not been formally charged.

On Tuesday, police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he was saddened the officer potentially threw away his career for allegedly taking graft.

The officer was once the subject of a news story for helping an ailing man carry an air conditioner up four flights of stairs to his apartment on a warm summer day.

But he also was one of the defendants in a federal lawsuit alleging he roughed up a man during a 2003 traffic stop after demanding the man remove a Mexican flag from his car. The driver received a $17,500 settlement from the city in the case.

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