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An Austin resident working as a police officer for the Amboy/Vernon Center Police Department has been charged with misconduct after allegedly asking a teenage girl to flash her breasts to avoid arrest for drinking, according to the Star Tribune.

Steven P. Boyle has been charged with one gross misdemeanor count of misconduct of a public official by the Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office.

According to the Tribune, the criminal complaint said the incident occurred the night of July 4 at Pumpkinland near Vernon Center.

Boyle allegedly told a sheriff’s investigator he’d ... Read more

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Chicago: City plans to prosecu

The city plans to prosecute citizens suspected of lying about police misconduct, authorities said Thursday.

In 2004, the city started requiring citizens to sign an affidavit before they could file a complaint against an officer.

But the city did not go after people who lied in their affidavits, fearing that would scare off legitimate complaints.

In August, the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police misconduct, started examining a “handful” of citizen complaints investigators believed were false, said Ilana Rosenzweig, head of the agency.

None has been forwarded yet to the city Law Department, which would prosecute the cases under the False Statements Ordinance.

The ordinance carries fines of $500 to $1,000, plus three times the amount of damages sustained by the city because of the false complaint, said Jennifer Hoyle, spokeswoman for the Law Department.

“Our thinking was to take a balanced approach — treating the public similarly to the way we would handle a police officer,” Rosenzweig said, adding that her office recommends serious police department discipline against officers suspected of lying to her investigators.

One of the ways investigators are debunking complaints against police is by checking tracking devices in squad cars to see if the officers were where the citizen claimed.

The Law Department is also taking a more aggressive stance in defending lawsuits against officers — not automatically settling “small value” cases. That strategy also was launched in August.
 

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