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Bolingbrook Officer Filmed Playing Video Poker on the Job is Under Investigation

A YouTube video of a police officer allegedly playing video poker while driving in a snowstorm surfaced Tuesday night. The officer is now the subject of an internal investigation.

BOLINGBROOK, IL — A police officer spotted—and filmed—allegedly playing video poker while driving his squad car in a snowstorm has been identified and is under investigation, Bolingbrook Police Lt. Mike Rompa said.

He said many of the questions about what happens next cannot be answered at this time. How was the officer identified? By markings on the squad car? Does the officer face disciplinary action? Will the officer be terminated?

"The officer in this video has been identified," Rompa said. "Due to the seriousness of this incident, the Bolingbrook Police Department has placed this under an internal investigation."

How long will it take to complete the investigation?

"These are questions which cannot be answered until the conclusion of the investigation," Rompa said. "I cannot supply a time frame, nor can I go into specifics at this time."

The video of the officer playing video poker was posted on YouTube Tuesday night, Jan. 7. By Wednesday morning, the video had logged 777 views.

The poster of the video said the incident occurred on Jan. 4. The officer's squad car is covered in places with snow, the result of a two-day storm that hit the area. The National Weather Service reported a 7-inch snowfall total for Bolingbrook from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5.

The woman who recorded the video describes it this way:

"This video was taken 01/04/2014 in Bolingbrook IL at rush hour while the roads weren't plowed and it was snowing. I was the one to capture this video in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle. He was driving and trying to play video poker at the same time while road conditions were already treacherous."

original post January 08, 2014 at 09:15 AM

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Grant Pollard January 15, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Big Bri. Kudos for the proper grammar. Though you claim to be an educated man, you seem to be struggling with why people are assuming you have an extensive criminal background. Now unless I missed it, you never clarified why you have such a strong hatred for the police. People just don’t wake up one day and decide to hate something. There are two common reasons why someone dislikes the police: either they’ve been mistreated by them in the past or they’re a lawbreaker. If you had personally been treated unfairly by the police, odds are you would’ve mentioned it by now. So people assume you’re a criminal. When you do the math it does make sense. You offer no facts or personal accounts – you just keep saying the same thing over and over and over again. You seem more focused on ruffling some feathers than you are with making any kind of point that will move the conversation forward. There are good people, there are bad people. There are good cops, there are bad cops.
Grant Pollard January 15, 2014 at 06:56 PM
I'm not saying that's my assumption. My point was you seemed to not understand why someone might make that assumption and I was trying to show you why. If I'm being completely honest, I don't think you're a criminal, I think you're a troll. I apologize if that's way off or insulting, but it's the current impression I have of you and it was created by how you've been conducting yourself (as I stated earlier, you seem more focused on ruffling some feathers than moving the conversation forward). I agree there are more stories about bad cops than good, but that's due to stories about good cops not selling unless the situation is very extreme or unique. Negative news sells, that's not an assumption, that's a fact (Google the many studies that have been conducted). In my younger days, I was a bit of a troublemaker and dealt with the police on a few occasions. Some were cool, some were d*cks.
Grant Pollard January 15, 2014 at 08:48 PM
big troll, you disappoint me. "Hangin"? I thought you were all about the proper grammar. Thought I could help you out, but clearly you're a moron. Good luck, boy.
Resurrected January 15, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Big bri here's a fact! Only 1% of the 800,000+ are bad! How are those pearls in an oyster for you!
Resurrected January 15, 2014 at 09:15 PM
Big bri is nothing but a girly boy pantie wipe!
Josh Finley January 15, 2014 at 09:22 PM
Bri bri. ????"Do you ever read stories about good cops, very rarely, but maybe once in awhile. Now how often do you hear stories about bad cops? Quite often. Supposedly good cops gone bad, very common story" That comment proves your stupidity. I'm amazed you can spell at all. Your way of thinking is what caused mass populations of races and religions to be exterminated. Stereotyping and scapegoating. Your the type of guy/girl that will live forever while all the other good people die. It's unfortunate there are cockroaches like you that live and are healthy. Without people like you in this world, it would be a pretty good place. You sit here and talk crap behind your computer. You must be a pretty big deal on-line. You need a good azz kicking to straighten you out. Although then you would use your Obama care that I'm paying for you to have in the ER. It's clear you hate cops. I can only hope to find out you are a victim of a serious crime, and the police,who HAVE to come to help you, do a great job. Although, you would probably say, "they should have protected me in the first place". Problem is I won't know because your name is bri bri and you only type a big game behind your horrible name.
Snag man January 16, 2014 at 02:30 PM
"Yes I always use proper grammar"..... Aaaaaha ha ha ha! What a friggin' meat-stick.... Too friggin' funny!!! "Good morning all" - this because you just woke up at 12:26 p.m. Bri the tough guy? .....and it is obvious you are still waiting for your balls to drop as in many of your posts you say what all the low IQ kiddies seem to say these days "You don't know me"..... Putz, we don't need to personally know you , to know who you are.
comic relief January 16, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Can we all stop picking on Bri Bri. Obviously he has been picked on his whole life, to the fact where he has his little keyboard and just types away all day in Mothers basement
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 05:42 PM
hey! y'all leave my baby alone! it ain't his fault i smoked a rock a day when I was carrying him for them 9 months. the police academy are fools for rejecting my lil boy.
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 05:46 PM
comic relief, u stupid! how my baby gonna live in a basement when we lives in a trailer!
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 05:55 PM
my baby put all you to shame. so what if only he and i see it. that doesn't mean we misguided. it mean the rest of the world be.
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 06:00 PM
he might even be able to help you get back in the police academy.
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 06:16 PM
good news baby! daddy says he gonna help you get back in the academy. but you cant let them catch you looking at pics of them little boys in there undies
Josh Finley January 16, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Haha, Phenomenal. I take back any bad thing I ever said about big bri, and big bri's momma. What's funny is I coulda stopped reading the conversation, but I chose to keep reading. I'm glad I did. Your momma sounds like such a sweet lady.
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 08:07 PM
: )
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 08:12 PM
i always got my baby's back.
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 08:48 PM
baby, i looked up "pegging" and im in
Allen Burnett January 17, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Why would it take longer than about 20 minutes to investigate this? If the officer had seen a motorist doing it, that alone would have been enough of an investigation to charge the motorist. And they wonder why people have lost respect for police.
Big Bri's Mama January 17, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Kyle Stucker (Editor) January 17, 2014 at 11:18 AM OK — this has gone on for far too long. I have removed several comments, and will continue to do so if you continue to use language and personal attacks, in addition to other things that are strictly against the comment guidelines all of you agreed to before posting on Patch. The only reason I haven't intervened earlier is due to the sheer quantity of large, breaking stories in the past couple of weeks. I will be keeping a much closer eye on it now. Please use a little more respect and decorum on Patch. big bri January 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM Thank you for not deleting my posts. I respect this site. I respect you and what you're doing. I will try not to get so angry with people who confront me about my views.
Big Bri's Mama January 17, 2014 at 06:40 PM
my baby's so polite.
Big Bri's Mama January 17, 2014 at 07:20 PM
PATCH: 1. BIG BRI: 0
Grant Pollard January 17, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Frakking priceless.
Snag man January 18, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Big Bri = Big Douche
Big Bri's Mama January 20, 2014 at 05:16 PM
snaggie, i thinks my baby got a crush on you
Smurf January 23, 2014 at 07:08 PM
freedom of speech !! dont like get a new job!!!!!!!
Smurf January 23, 2014 at 07:11 PM
The onlygood thing about the police dept. is the gang unit !!!! The rest is trash like drew except for a select few. Mitchem is not one of them
Resurrected January 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM
How do you come up with that conclusion Bob!
Big Bri's Mama January 24, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Ladies and gents, it's time for mama to bid you a farewell. I hope others will follow my example in the future when dealing with Big Bri. In the past couple of weeks, since my creation, Big Bri's has been commenting less and less. I also recommend visiting the link below and let the author of that article know why you feel Big Bri should be banned from Patch. Good luck. And always remember, Mama loves you. http://hampton-northhampton.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/alleged-police-brutality-victim-posts-violent-video-online-seabrook-nh
big bri January 25, 2014 at 07:16 PM
don't worry, mama. I won't let you down. lololol like a little girl.
big bri January 25, 2014 at 07:30 PM
I want to apologize to anyone I've offended. The truth is I'm a very lonely and uninteresting fellow. And the only time anyone pays attention to me is when I act like a jackass on the internet.

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