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Maywood cop pleads guilty to obstruction

A west suburban deputy police chief pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice Tuesday for lying to police about a 2010 incident in which he allegedly struck a young man in the head with his gun.

Maywood Deputy Chief Brian Black, who was 36 at the time, was charged with obstruction of justice and felony disorderly conduct in November 2010, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

On Tuesday, Black pleaded guilty to one felony charge of obstruction, and Judge Thomas Gainer sentenced him to 12 months of probation, state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.

The charges followed an off-duty incident in November 2010 in which Black struck his friend in the head with a pistol, then told police the victim tried to carjack him, prosecutors said at the time of his initial court appearance.

Court documents showed Black and the victim had been friends for several months and often drove around in Black’s vehicle drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana. On the morning of Nov. 14, they were on the West Side of Chicago when Black “put his hand on the victims’ leg in a provocative manner several times,” according to the statement from prosecutors.

But the victim rebuffed Black, then punched him and tried to get out of the vehicle, according to prosecutors. Black hit the victim in the head with his gun, then hid the weapon in a nearby barbecue grill and called 911. The victim also called 911.

Black told responding Chicago Police that he had been driving alone when the victim tried to carjack him, according to prosecutors. But he gave several conflicting versions of the story before admitting that he knew the victim, then told police where he had hidden the gun.

Black joined the Maywood Police in 1997 and was appointed deputy chief in June 2007. A police spokesman was not available Tuesday to comment on his current status with the department.

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