A Chicago police officer will not be fired for fraternizing with members of the far proper Proud Boys and failing to inform police officers he had come below FBI scrutiny, town’s watchdog introduced Friday.
Officer Robert Bakker was as an alternative suspended for 120 days after a prolonged inside investigation was resolved by a “mediation settlement” by which he agreed to not contest the allegations in opposition to him, in keeping with the Workplace of the Inspector Basic’s most up-to-date quarterly report.
Bakker wasn’t named within the report, however the Solar-Occasions has beforehand reported on the probe and his affiliation with the Proud Boys, an extremist group now on the middle of the sprawling felony inquiry into the riot on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
The investigation was sparked after Vice reported on his ties in Might 2020. The preliminary reporting centered on leaked chat logs exhibiting Bakker speaking and organizing conferences with members of the Proud Boys, which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Legislation Middle and the Canadian authorities.
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Whereas Bakker beforehand instructed the Solar-Occasions he was by no means a member of the group, he did not deny collaborating in a Proud Boys Telegram channel.
Within the chat logs, Bakker spoke harshly of a rainbow-colored police emblem that the police division posted on social media to have a good time the LGBTQ neighborhood. “I am not sporting any rainbow bull – – – -,” he stated.
Bakker did not instantly reply to a request for remark Friday. Neither did representatives of the police division.
The division’s Bureau of Inside Affairs beforehand discovered that Bakker did not submit a written report explaining he was below FBI investigation and really helpful a five-day suspension, in keeping with the report.
Different allegations, together with that Bakker related to identified criminals and members of the Proud Boys, weren’t sustained.
The inspector basic’s workplace urged the division to revisit the investigation in November 2020 “to handle deficiencies materially affecting the result,” in keeping with the report.
The inspector basic’s workplace discovered that the inner affairs bureau “did not account for all obtainable proof,” noting additionally that Bakker might have discredited the division and made inconsistent statements to the FBI and the BIA.
However as an alternative of reconsidering the preliminary allegations, as requested by the inspector basic’s workplace, the inner affairs bureau raised new points. Allegations that Bakker “made a contradicting assertion” about his function in a Proud Boys’ chat group and lied about attending a barbecue sponsored by the group have been sustained, however others weren’t.
The bureau used a mediation settlement to resolve the case, however the inspector basic’s workplace urged Supt. David Brown to evaluate the proof and think about whether or not Bakker broke departmental guidelines by mendacity and making contradictory statements.
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Brown did not reply however authorized the roughly four-month suspension, in keeping with the report.
Final June, the Solar-Occasions reported that Bakker was the topic of a number of inside investigations, together with a probe into allegations of sexual abuse. It is unclear whether or not these investigations have been resolved.
He at present earns a wage of $95,586, metropolis information present.
Supply: ( Solar-Occasions Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Solar-Occasions 2021.)