A Chicago law enforcement lieutenant allegedly shoved a flashlight between the buttocks of a handcuffed carjacking suspect and then yelled to the 17-calendar year-outdated, “That’s what you get for carjacking,” prosecutors stated Thursday at a felony bond hearing for the officer.
Lt. Wilfredo Roman, 44, and other officers experienced just caught up to a 17-12 months-outdated boy when the incident, which was recorded on law enforcement human body-worn cameras, took location on the night of Feb. 9.
The teen allegedly carjacked a male at gunpoint and afterwards bailed out of the automobile and ran off after police gave chase. The teenager surrendered in an alley in the 2000 block of North Leclaire Avenue in the Belmont Cragin community as he tried out to scale a fence that he’d just tossed a gun more than, prosecutors explained.
The teen was complaining about his handcuffs being as well limited and that he’d been “just running” when Roman yelled for him to “shut up” and approached him from powering and “shoved a flashlight in between [his] buttocks,” Cook dinner County Assistant State’s Lawyer Mary McDonnell mentioned throughout the hearing.
The teen reacted by “yelling out,” she stated. Roman then walked away and turned and yelled in the teen’s path “That’s what you get for carjacking!” McDonnell claimed.
Roman is billed with aggravated battery in the general public way and formal misconduct, each felonies.
Roman’s attorney, James McKay, claimed he could not consider the action landed his consumer in court docket and pointed out there was no penetration and the flashlight was hardly ever on bare pores and skin but in excess of the teen’s garments.
“The motion of Lt. Roman is a split next, on the fleshiest part, exterior of garments, with unquestionably no harm whatsoever,” he stated. “This is a spank, or a spanking, for the really like of God. I’ve had nuns that taken care of me significantly even worse when I was a child.”
The teen was not injured and didn’t ask for clinical interest, McKay stated.
“Your honor, the flashlight in concern is smaller sized than my pen,” he stated.
McKay mentioned the teenager was “an armed carjacker” who is 6-toes-2 and weighs 200 pounds.
Decide Arthur Willis took difficulty with McKay’s recurring reference to the teen’s alleged involvement in a carjacking.
“The simple fact that the particular person may perhaps have engaged in a severe felony offense does not imply that he really should be treated in any way various than anyone else who might occur into contact with law enforcement,” he explained. “That is not an argument that this court docket finds very persuasive.”
Juvenile prices against the 17-year-old and yet another teenager accused in the carjacking are pending.
Willis authorized Roman to go no cost on a $5,000 I-bond, which means that if he does not display up to his upcoming courtroom date, Roman will be on the hook for the $5,000.
Willis denied prosecutors’ ask for that Roman surrender his FOID card and all his weapons.
“I will not order him to flip in his weapon at this time. That will be for the Chicago Police Department to decide if they wish to permit this man to carry on performing exercises his police powers,” Willis stated.
Roman, who lives on the Northwest Facet, turned a cop in 2000 and has accumulated additional than 219 awards, McKay claimed. He also has two youngsters and a fiance, all of whom were being in court Thursday. Roman graduated from Steinmetz Substantial University and been given a prison justice diploma from the College of Illinois at Chicago ahead of earning a master’s degree in business from St. Xavier College, McKay stated.
Roman surrendered to associates of the department’s Bureau of Interior Affairs Wednesday evening at the Central District law enforcement station at 1718 S. State St., the Chicago Law enforcement Department reported in a assertion Thursday.
Following finding out of the incident in July, 4 months after it happened, the office “promptly relieved Roman” of his police powers, the assertion explained.
“He could confront supplemental disciplinary actions pending the results of the prison and administrative investigations,” the statement reported.
McKay stated Roman had in no way been arrested or disciplined by the police office.
Roman earns $138,150 a calendar year, according to a metropolis personnel database.
A spokesman for the Civilian Office environment of Police Accountability, which investigates police wrongdoing, presented no further details Thursday other than to say an investigation involving Roman was ongoing.
More than the course of his vocation, Roman has been named in 3 civil lawsuits that have charge the city a put together $278,000.
The very first accommodate, filed in federal court docket in Chicago in 2009, accused Roman and other officers of illegally searching an apartment in the 2600 block of North Kimball Avenue a 12 months before. It was settled for $18,000, information show.
Roman and a team of officers ended up then embroiled in yet another federal circumstance stemming from an incident in August 2011 in the 900 block of North Parkside Avenue in which they allegedly chased down and shot the plaintiff, Richard Keeler, “without great bring about.” Introduced in 2012, the lawsuit did not specify which officers allegedly fired the shots that struck Keeler two times and left him “severely” wounded.
The match additional accused the officers of providing wrong data to investigators that led to rates of aggravated assault in opposition to Keeler, who was allegedly unarmed when he was shot. A settlement of $200,000 was ultimately achieved.
The most new scenario, submitted in Prepare dinner County court docket in 2015, alleged that Roman and yet another officer brandished their guns and arrested two brothers without result in in the course of a road stop in November 2013, court records demonstrate. When the plaintiff, Edward Matthews, asked why he and his brother had been getting qualified, Roman allegedly kneed him in the stomach.
Facing felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer, records present Matthews was held in Cook County Jail for months and then placed on electronic monitoring just before he was uncovered not guilty. The fit was settled for $60,000.
Roman is not the only Chicago cop to encounter fees this 7 days.
On Wednesday, two Chicago law enforcement officers were being charged with aggravated battery and formal misconduct for allegedly beating a 17-yr-outdated boy they reported crashed into their unmarked squad automobile in January and pointed a gun at them in the course of a pursuit on the South Aspect.
Officers Jeffery Shafer and Victor Guebara ended up launched on their very own recognizance following a bail hearing. They had been relieved of law enforcement powers in January.