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THE WATCHDOGS: Justice delayed — again — in Koschman case, union appeals stall discipline of cops

Two years after special prosecutor Dan K. Webb ended his investigation in the David Koschman case, grievances filed by two police unions have stalled City Hall's investigation into whether any Koschman cops should be fired or otherwise disciplined. | Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times file photo

Now that Nanci Koschman has settled her last legal claim over her son David Koschman’s death, one question still unsettled is whether anyone from the Chicago Police Department will face any punishment over the handling of the politically explosive case.

So far, not a single police officer has faced even a reprimand in the two years since special prosecutor Dan K. Webb concluded his investigation into Koschman’s death and the police department’s failure to seek criminal charges against Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko for throwing the punch that killed Koschman 11 years ago.

Webb’ got a guilty plea from Vanecko to involuntary manslaughter and also considered charging six police officials and detectives with official misconduct or obstruction of justice but decided there was “insufficient evidence” to convict them.

At Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s direction, police Supt. Garry McCarthy asked City Hall Inspector General Joseph Ferguson to investigate and recommend whether anyone from the department should be fired or otherwise disciplined.

But two police unions — representing sergeants and lieutenants — filed grievances that have stalled Ferguson’s investigation since last October, and all six cops remain on the job., each making more than $125,000 a year.

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