Chicago police acknowledged Thursday that internal investigators are looking into allegations that a handful of officers made false arrests and stole from drug dealers and others, reports the city’s Tribune. “This has been an ongoing internal investigation initiated and conducted by the internal affairs division,” Supt. Philip Cline said in a statement after published reports about the investigation. Cline disclosed no details of the investigation. But sources say prosecutors are preparing to charge several officers.
The Tribune and other news organizations reported last month that some special operations officers had been stripped of their powers because of the investigation. Some of the targeted officers have been sued repeatedly by Chicagoans who claimed they were the subjects of illegal searches, thefts, false arrests and beatings, court records show. The investigation began when prosecutors noticed that certain officers were not showing up for court dates on significant drug arrests they had made.