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Six cops stripped of duties after suspect beating


Six more Chicago police officers have been stripped of their duties in the wake of the alleged beating of a suspect in police custody last week, the Chicago Police Department said Monday.

The move comes just days after Supt. Jody Weis announced that a police supervisor had been relieved of his police powers in connection with the case.

"As part of this on-going investigation, a total of seven members of the department have been relieved of their police powers and placed in administrative positions, pending the outcome of the investigation," Chicago police spokeswoman Lt. Maureen Biggane said today.

Police have released almost no details about the incident, including when or where it occurred or what happened to the suspect.

"This conduct, if true, is inexcusable, and is completely out of the line of the standard of professionalism with which our members are expected to conduct themselves," Weis said last week. Weis said he learned about the incident only Friday, when the Independent Police Review Authority told him about it.

A spokesman for the authority confirmed an investigation was under way but would not give any details Friday night.

Weis also said that he is looking at whether other police officers were involved.

"We will also determine whether any other Chicago Police Department members witnessed the incident, and what actions, if any, they took," he said. "If members are found to have neglected action or to have failed to report the incident, appropriate and swift action will be taken."

A police source said the supervisor is a sergeant and that he will likely be shifted to administrative duties during the investigation.

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