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Suit: CPD helped favorite officers cheat on sergeants’ test

Updated: September 28, 2013 2:25AM

Five former or current Chicago Police officers passed over for promotion are suing the city, accusing department officials of helping their favorite candidates cheat on the sergeants’ test.

The five, who took the test in 2005 under former police Supt. Phil Cline, claim a supervisor coached a fellow officer before he took the essay portion of the test, according to the suit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

“Giving questions and answers before the test was administered to select individuals resulted in [the officers] not being afforded a fair opportunity to be promoted,” the suit states.

In doing so, the Chicago Police Department participated in a “civil conspiracy” enabling preferred candidates to unfairly increase their test scores, which improved their chance of promotion, according to the suit.

The officer accused of receiving assistance on the sergeants’ test, who is not being named by Sun-Times Media, is still listed as an officer, according to city records.

The suit was filed by James Wilson, Anthony Cereceres, Mile Manojlovic, James Hickey and John McGuire. Everyone except Wilson is still an officer with the department, according to city records.

In addition to coaching preferred candidates, the suit alleges department officials chose who was allowed to even take the test, the suit states.

The officer’s single-count lawsuit asks the department end the practice of coaching preferred candidates. It also asks for a $50,000 settlement, attorneys fees and promotions with retroactive pay for the officers.

Roderick Drew, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Law, declined to comment.

“At this point we haven’t been served on with the lawsuit yet, so we cannot comment on it,” Drew said.

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