A supervisor at Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, who is also a former Chicago police commander, and who was the only one in his agency to find cops at fault in officer-involved shootings has been terminated.
The investigator, Lorenzo Davis, 65, was accused by the city of displaying “a complete lack of objectivity combined with a clear bias against the police in spite of his own lengthy police career,” according to his performance review.
Davis served with the Chicago Police Department for 23 years, retiring as a commander in 2004.
In 2008, Davis was hired as an investigator with IPRA. With police shootings heavily on his mind, he obtained his master’s degree in criminal justice in 2010 and was promoted to lead his own team within the department.
“I did not like the direction the police department had taken,” Davis told WBEZ public radio.“It appeared that officers were doing whatever they wanted to do. The discipline was no longer there.”
The evaluation also stated that Davis was “the only supervisor at IPRA who resists making requested changes as directed by management in order to reflect the correct finding with respect to OIS (officer involved shootings).”
The IPRA was put together in 2007 and has since investigated over 400 officer involved shootings, yet they have only found one to be unjustified, WBEZ reported.
Davis was directly involved with over a dozen of the investigations and personally found six to be unjustified.
“Things began to turn sour, I would say, within the last year,” Davis said. “Chief Administrator Ando began to say that he wanted me to change my findings.”
Up until this year, Davis received great praise in his evaluations.
“They have shot people dead when they did not have to shoot,” Davis continued on to say. “They were not in reasonable fear for their lives. The evidence shows that the officer knew, or should have known, that the person who they shot was not armed or did not pose a threat to them or could have been apprehended by means short of deadly force.”
The city is reported to spend $1 million a week on police abuse settlements, and gets rid of the only investigator willing to try to stop these costly bad cops. Chicago taxpayers, Davis’ termination will likely cost you.
“They told me to change it,” Davis told ABC. “Change it. And if I did not change it, I was insubordinate and I would be disciplined.”
Davis told ABC on Monday evening that he would like to see the IPRA investigated by the Justice Department.
“This is a personnel matter, and it would be inappropriate to address it through the media. IPRA is committed to conducting fair, unbiased, objective, thorough and timely investigations…” IPRA wrote in a statement regarding the allegations.