VIDEO: Chicago Alderman Files Complaint On ‘Rude’ Cops, But Video Shows The Truth
Chicago Alderman Roberto Maldonado Complains After Cops Refuse To Give Him Special Treatment
Chicago, IL – Chicago Alderman Roberto Maldonado filed a formal complaint against “rude” Chicago police officers after they refused to let him drive through a crime scene. Bodycam incident shows the alderman’s attempt to get special treatment due to his position (video below.)
The incident occurred June 18 in Humboldt Park when officers were working to secure a crime scene, according to CBS Chicago.
The alderman wanted to drive through the scene, and the officers offered him alternative routes. Those routes weren’t good enough for Maldonado, who threw around his position as he asked for special treatment.
At the start of the video, Maldonado has his cell phone camera out and the confrontation had clearly been going on for a while.
“Can anybody drive me to my house?” Maldonado asks.
“Are you asking as a special favor, alderman?” an officer responds.
“No, I’m asking as a citizen,” Maldonado says.
During the incident, the alderman made it clear that he wasn’t going to behave like a normal citizen.
“Ok, you tell me, so what should I do with my little three kids?” he asks.
“You should drive around and find a parking spot as close to your house as possible so your children don’t get wet, and then just proceed into your house sir,” an officer responds.
“I don’t want to do that,” Maldonado responds. “It would be a safety matter for my kids to do what you are asking me to do.”
“From the moment you walked up, you announced who you were,” one of the officers says, “You didn’t say ‘I’m a citizen,’ you didn’t say ‘I’m a neighbor.’ You made it quite clear, quite sure, to all of us that you’re an alderman. So are you looking for a special favor as an alderman?”
“You know what, this is the police officers, this is why the police department is in such bad shape with the citizens.” Maldonado concluded.
Alderman Roberto Maldonado later filed a formal complaint against the officers which is now being investigated by the police department.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President Kevin Graham responded to the allegations saying, “Preserving and protecting a crime scene is the primary duty of a police officer. You can’t waiver from that.”
You can watch the video of the encounter below: