Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields has been suspended and stripped of his power.
FOP President Ted Street apparently announced the suspension, which
includes Shields being banned from negotiating with the city, at a
Tuesday evening union meeting, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. A day earlier, Shields raised allegations in a letter to the city’s inspector general that contract negotiations with the city had been fixed.
A five-member committee will now investigate the disciplinary process and the state FOP's 30-member board will also hold a hearing.
While discussing the disciplinary action with the Chicago Sun-Times, Street noted Shield's paperwork error that enabled Mayor Rahm Emanuel to refuse retroactive pay increases for officers in 2012.
all aware of his late filing for the demand to bargain and his late
filing of an unfair labor practices complaint. We have in jeopardy a
year’s wage increase. The mayor’s office has said that’s in jeopardy,”
Street told the newspaper Wednesday.
“There comes a point where
enough’s enough. We serve the members and not ourselves. It’s a
culmination of the judgment he’s exercised, his leadership style, how he
has not acted in the best interest of the Chicago FOP membership. I’ve
attended meetings. I’ve watched how he runs them, with no
parliamentarian. He’s operating as a dictator.”
FOP Vice President Bill Dougherty has stepped in as acting president.