“Eight years ago, Derek Saxton was driving a black Ford Crown Victoria outfitted with red flashing lights when Chicago Police officers stopped him.
The officers suspected Saxton was a police impersonator and arrested him on charges of illegal use of flashing, oscillating or rotating lights — as well as driving on a suspended license.
But Cook County prosecutors dropped the charges and the 2007 arrest didn’t prevent Saxton from being hired as a Chicago Police officer in August 2012.
Now he’s in trouble again after a Skokie police officer spotted a black 2014 Ford Taurus Interceptor that resembled a cop car earlier this month. The Skokie officer ran the license plate and learned the car was a personal vehicle — and it belonged to Saxton.
Interim Chicago Police Supt. John Escalante launched an investigation last week to determine whether the 35-year-old officer violated state law and department policy by driving the car. The superintendent put him on desk duty on Friday and is considering stripping Saxton of his police powers during the investigation, said Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the police department.
“This is a very serious allegation, a very serious investigation and we have many questions for the individuals involved,” Guglielmi said.
Saxton didn’t return a call seeking comment.
The Bureau of Internal Affairs will also review Saxton’s 2012 hiring — including whether he disclosed his 2007 arrest on his job application; what the police investigator conducting Saxton’s background check had discovered; and why Saxton was hired despite his arrest, Guglielmi said.”
What makes a cop a cop?
An over riding need for power?
Who wakes up in the morning and says I want to control people?
This guy sounds like the ideal candidate
You would think that they would give him an award