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Former Schaumburg narcotics officers facing civil suit

Updated: April 18, 2013 8:48PM

Another suit was filed against two of the three former Schaumburg narcotics officers accused of stealing and selling illegal drugs.

Chris Nelson, of Wisconsin, is suing the two former officers and the Village of Schaumburg for false arrest and conspiracy. In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, Nelson alleges that during his August 2012 arrest then-officers John Cichy and Terrance O’Brien planted drugs and other paraphernalia on him during an illegal search.

While at a bar on about Aug. 7, 2012, Nelson and his friend Cesar Hernandez stepped outside to talk as Hernandez smoked a cigarette, the suit states.

Shortly after, they decided to leave. The two were in their separate cars, parked close to each other, when Cichy and O’Brien “converged” on the cars with their weapons drawn, the suit states.

Nelson claims that Cichy and O’Brien then arrested the two, planting cocaine, a digital scale and small plastic bags on him.

A representative from the Village of Schaumburg could not be reached for comment.

Nelson is seeking more than $50,000 in damages in the five-count suit, which accuses the village and two officers not only of false arrest and conspiracy but also violation of due process, negligent supervision and indemnification.

The third officer accused of stealing and selling illegal drugs, Matthew Hudak, was not named in the suit. All three have faced separate civil lawsuits after the accusations came to light.

More than a dozen people convicted of various drug offenses after being arrested by Hudak, Cichy and O’Brien have been cleared of charges since the officers were arrested on federal charges in January. All three have resigned.

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