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Federal Lawsuit Against Village Claims Police Brutality, False Arrest

The suit alleges that Aaron Goodman was living in his Bolingbrook apartment on Sept. 26, 2009 when police entered the apartment building and severely beat him in the hallway before falsely arresting him.

A federal lawsuit filed by a former resident against the village and four of its police officers alleges the officers used excessive force in their false arrest of the plaintiff in September 2009.

The suit alleges that Aaron Goodman, now 30 and a resident of River Grove, was living in his Bolingbrook apartment with his fiancé and young son on Sept. 26, 2009 when police entered the building and severely beat him in the hallway with their fists and batons and Tasered him twice.

The beating was serious enough to cause Goodman serious bleeding from several wounds that required staples and stitches to close up, the suit says.

The suit, which also says police falsely charged Goodman with felony and misdemeanour criminal offenses, was filed Sept. 26—two years to the day after the alleged offense took place.

Bolingbrook police declined to comment on the suit. Lt. Mike Rompa said the case is in its "very preliminary" stages.

After the arrest, Goodman was not able to post bond and sat in jail for two weeks, causing the family to be evicted from their apartment, the suit says.

The suit names Bolingbrook officers Keedy, Moranda, Buitron and Kiska, but does not mention first names. Each officer had "reasonable opportunity to intervene to prevent (Goodman's) false arrest, but failed to do so," the suit says.

The criminal case has been pending for two years, the suit says. Goodman is seeking a jury trial and a substantial sum in punitive damages as well as costs, attorney's fees and other financial relief.

Kathleen October 07, 2011 at 04:54 PM
@Tom Selleck: Look at you filling in all the blanks without a clue. You have no idea who I am, whether or not I did something or witnessed something or know someone who has been brutalized by the police for no good reason. Do you really think that ONLY "bad guys" get hurt by the police? I have researched this in great detail. The more I learn, the more I realize that a great many police officers are no more law abiding that mobsters and gang bangers. If cops have a PR problem, they have only themselves to blame. When the good cops start turning in the bad cops, I will change my tune. I happen to believe in the law, the Constitution, freedom, our Republic and I place my hand over my heart when I say the Pledge of Allegiance. The difference is that I mean it. The lawlessness among those that are charged with enforcing the law destroys the fabric of American society and brings closer to Nazi Germany than the free society we are supposed to have. Walking down the street minding your own business? A cop can stop you and demand to see your "papers" at any time. If you don't comply, he will tase you. Cop knocks on your door and arrests you by mistake? Even though this is a false arrest, even if you flinch, you will be charged with resisting arrest. A cop can do anything to you and your family at any time and pretty much get away with it. People think we need the cops to police society. Who polices the police? No one.
jaskie1505 October 08, 2011 at 01:34 AM
Wow, just reading all these comments after a long, long day. I'm not defending the police nor Aaron Goodman. The story itself doesn't tell us enough about the entire case. Everyone is making assumptions, none of which could be true or maybe they are all true. Need to wait to hear the whole story. And yes, there are two sides to every story.
Tom Selleck October 08, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Amen to the Police! Stay safe! Protect your self any way possible!Keep up the good work and clean up the streets of low life scum bags! The Police have the authority to arrest or not arrest, file a report or not file a report! They have the discretion to enforce or not enforce!
Fred Frankin January 01, 2012 at 04:41 PM
The Bolingbrook Village/Police have to release the arrest report under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/pdf/FOIA_Guide_for_Law_Enforcement.pdf Under section 2.15(a) of FOIA, police departments must make arrest reports public no later than 72 hours after the arrest. The 72-hour provision in this section provides for quicker release of these documents than the normal 5-day FOIA timeline. Once the 72 hours pass, however, the arrest reports, along with the photographs of the arrestees, still must be disclosed. See 2010 PAC 6701 (Ill. Att'y Gen. PAC Req. Rev. Ltr. 6701, issued February 8, 2011, at 2); 2010 PAC 9018 (Ill. Att'y Gen. PAC Req. Rev. Ltr. 9018, issued May 12, 2011, at 2) and 2011 PAC 11638 (Ill. Att'y Gen. PAC Req. Rev. Ltr. 11638, issued June 23, 2011, at 2). Additionally, the Attorney General wrote a Binding PAC opinion on arrest reports. My suggestion is not to partner with the police department like they are your buddy to get information and instead to follow the FOIA lawful process in getting public information. http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/pdf/opinions/2011/11-001.pdf
MUCHO_LOCO March 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM
My conclusion, based on observations of COPs in Chicago, and Suburbs, is that the slogan "To Serve and Protect" has been thrown out the window. With ticket monthly quotas(oops, sorry, quotas are illegal!) I meant, goals, COPs are so worried about keeping their jobs that they are no longer focusing on protecting and serving those that pay their salaries, the average American citizen... Not all Cops are the same, but the overall impression definitely has changed over the years... I would never want my kids to become COPS, or Lawyer. To much Government Control. I recommend a book I read called 1984 by George Oswell..


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