CHICAGO (STMW) - A routine audit several months ago found that 11 Chicago Police officers had “inappropriately accessed police reports” from a Dec. 19, 2014, robbery in Ravenswood, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in an emailed statement Thursday night.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s son Zach was robbed about 10 p.m. that night in the 4200 block of North Hermitage in the Ravenswood neighborhood.
Each of the 11 officers received one-day suspensions and formal reprimands for violating department policy, Guglielmi wrote.
Officers and department employees are allowed to access police reports, motor vehicle information, criminal history records and intelligence bulletins only “for official reasons,” the statement said.
“This kind of action is not uncommon or new by any means and is done to protect the integrity of law enforcement sensitive information and the integrity of our cases,” Guglielmi wrote.
He added that 12 officers were given similar suspensions for accessing case files without law enforcement purposes after the fatal shooting at the River North Nordstrom department store in November 2014.
A spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police said the officers’ union had not been notified of the suspensions and declined to comment. A representative for the Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association could not be reached for comment.