More questions than answers on traffic stop involving CPD official’s car
These are known facts: The chief of the Internal Affairs division’s car was not impounded, her niece was not arrested, and the officers involved were removed from their street duties.
I was a resident of Chicago for over 75 years and worked as a Chicago police officer for over 33. I know corruption when I see it. Sun-Times reporters have uncovered a story that prompted me to think of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s phrase on his threshold test for obscenity: “I know it when I see it.”
The story involves a high-ranking police official, Yolanda Talley, the chief of the Internal Affairs division. Talley’s niece was behind the wheel of Talley’s Lexus when police said her passenger, Kenneth Miles, tried to ditch 84 packets of heroin valued at $6,300.
Heroin was found in the car, and Miles, who had a lengthy criminal record, was arrested on drug charges following the Feb. 1 traffic stop.
Three things are known: Talley’s car was not impounded, her niece was not arrested, and the officers involved were removed from their street duties.
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