After 10 years, CPD wants to talk to Nanci Koschman

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A month after Nanci Koschman filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Chicago Police Department of botching the investigation into her son’s death in order to protect a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, the department sent a letter to one of her lawyers.

Would she talk with internal affairs investigators, the department wanted to know, about the death of her son David Koschman?

The police last spoke with her 10 years ago, after her son died from a punch thrown by Daley nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko — one of only two times the police spoke with her.

But Koschman won’t be talking with the police now, according to a letter her lawyers sent to Internal Affairs Division Sgt. Sean Rice, the investigator who asked to interview the Mount Prospect widow.

“It is obvious to us that the CPD, and particularly its Internal Affairs Division, has a conflict of interest when it comes to investigating the allegations made in Ms. Koschman’s complaint,” her lawyers, G. Flint Taylor and Locke Bowman, wrote. “Among other things, the complaint alleges that the Internal Affairs Division first failed to investigate for seven years and then conducted a sham investigation into the mishandling of an official police file.”

Koschman’s lawyers also questioned whether an internal affairs investigation would “lead to appropriate discipline for all the officers . . . who are implicated in this decade-long police cover-up.”


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