April 20, 2013
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Gang video prompts questions of dismissal for 2 Chicago cops

The officers argue the man in the video was never in any danger, as gang members heckle him from the back of a squad

By Chip Mitchell

CHICAGO—The Chicago Police Board on Thursday evening is expected to decide the fate of two cops recommended for dismissal because of their conduct in a 2011 gang video spotted by WBEZ.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has accused patrol officers Susana La Casa, 49, and Luis Contreras, 44, of unlawfully restraining a young man and violating six police department rules, including bringing “discredit upon the department” and making a “false oral statement” about the incident to an Internal Affairs detective.

At the case’s evidentiary hearing, a trial-like process that took place over two days in February, an attorney for McCarthy disputed testimony by La Casa and Contreras that they had simply tried to give Miguel “Mikey” Castillo a ride home on March 19, 2011, when a 90-second video captured the officers with the youth in their police SUV on the city’s Northwest Side.

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