Posted by | July 20, 2015 16:00 | Filed under: Andrew Bradford Contributors News Behaving Badly

On Saturday, an off-duty member of the Chicago Police Department, who was also allegedly drunk, ran over a 21-year-old woman who was waiting to cross the road. The woman is now in critical condition, clinging to life.

And while you might think the police officer, who has not yet been identified, would be in very serious legal jeopardy as a result of his actions, so far he has only been charged with two misdemeanor drunk driving offenses related to the accident.

Yet according to Illinois law, as stated in an official publication titled 2015 Illinois DUI Fact Book, aggravated DUI is clearly defined as a drunk driving offense which results in great bodily injury. The charge for such an offense is listed as a class 4 felony. The penalty for such a charge carries a sentence of up to 12 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. So the misdemeanor counts are little more than a slap on the wrist….READ MORE at

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By: Andrew Bradford

Andrew Bradford is an author, academic, and political activist who lives in Atlanta. He is a Senior Writer for Liberal America and also has his own blog at

  • tracey marie

    No wonder the cops are not trusted, in Wisconsin they agreed to back walker in a deal to keep their pensions intact…fire fighters and teachers unions were decimated.

  • katkelly57

    May you have haunted sleep for the rest of your life.

  • Warman1138

    Welcome to Chicago…..NOT!

  • David Ish

    I live in Pittsburgh Pa. Pittsburgh Police cop ran a red light and smashed my mother’s car Police cop got away with it.

  • David Ish

    I was driving mom’s car.

  • Tommie

    This is disgusting, this cop should be in jail, loss of job, loss of pension and should NOT be on paid administrative leave! GTFOH, SMDH!!!

  • illinoisboy1977

    That is where you reach out to Lisa Madigan’s office and ask her to review the charges, for signs of favoritism or improper application of the law. If the Attorney General thinks the charge is inappropriate to the situation, she can call the DA and pressure him to apply the correct charge.

  • An average citizen having to FightDUICharges is facing some serious consequences, even when they do not cause an accident or injure someone. The fact he is a cop, he should be held more accountable for his actions under the law. Especially since his DUI badly hurt this woman as well.