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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.

John Law October 05, 2011 at 11:10 AM
I smell money grab. Can the Patch FOIA the arrest report? I bet the police report tells the full tale. I'd be willing to bet he was drunk or high, had liquid courage and tried to hit an Officer. Now seeing as he picked a fight and probably deserved the butt kicking he got, now money bells are ringing in his head. Gotta love it.
Will Parzyszek October 05, 2011 at 12:07 PM
It is my experience that men with a history of violence and criminality tend to not like the police or their actions in response to their lawlessness. These deviants like to allege that the police and system are the real criminals. It is also my experience that the fact that the whole group of cops didn't intervene supports that there was no loose cannon and that use of force was justified. It is also my experience that if you are tazed a second time, that you should have started cooperating after the first one. Stop resisting arrest. This allegation and the parroting in the press paints a picture of Nazi stormtroopers wearing Bolingbrook PD uniforms busting in as armed thugs to beat an innocent man. It's a shame that BPD brass didn't have the brass balls to make a stronger statement in support of their officers especially since their names are in the press. I want to hear and read the police version of events. There is more to this story. Support your local law enforcement.
Jack Steen October 05, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Support the local "law enforcement" ? We ARE talking about BillyBrook, the home of Drew Peterson, the Poster Boy for Police Cuddliness, aren't we ? My only question - are the dirty Taser-happy pigs named in this suit still active on the force ? W H Y ??
Brian Feldt October 05, 2011 at 04:37 PM
We are looking into whether or not the police can supply us with the report or if we need to FOIA it. Thanks, John!
Jennifer October 05, 2011 at 05:02 PM
I would like to know if the taser happy police called 911 after they tasered and beat him. I knew that tasers being used would be used incorrectly. The Police have had no training since bringing in tasers and they are dangerous. Why would it take two years to charge him? Seems suspicious and a cover up. I hope this man wins.
Brian Feldt October 05, 2011 at 05:26 PM
All: The Bolingbrook PD have informed me that a FOIA on the case report would be denied "based on individuals could be deprived of a fair trial or an impartial hearing."
John Law October 05, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Wow Jack and Jen, I see logic and reading comprehension escape you. Jack, well you just seem crazy. If the use of force was justified no reason they shouldn't still be working. Jen, all PD's get training on Tasers before being issued. BPD is a progressive department, I'm sure they've gotten training that exceeds standards. The case is been going on for 2 years, not taking 2 years to charge him. This is common in most felony court cases. I can see how the police have uphill battles when dealing with people like you.
John Law October 05, 2011 at 07:12 PM
Here, I just have to quote it to show how you don't read facts. The lawsuit is filed 2 years later, not the charges. "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."
D.A. October 05, 2011 at 07:27 PM
I am sure this so called Victim did something to cause the police officers to use force. So what if this is where Drew Peterson lived...I am sure you have corrrupt individuals where u reside also. I am sure the officers are still on the force. If every cop that fought with a doped up, drunk idiot...we would have no police force.
Kerry Porazinski October 06, 2011 at 03:58 AM
Evicted after he sat in jail for 2 weeks. Sounds like they had problems before this. Hate to say this but sounds like they would have been evicted no matter what. If he could not post bond, how was he going to lag his rent?
Kathleen October 06, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Look for the truth on the police report? You've got to be kidding. The police just love their tasers, and they use them against the people for sport or on-the-spot punishment, usually in response to questions they don't like, such as "Why are you arresting me?" The police have far too much power, and too many people automatically believe them in court. They have motive to lie, and they do it all the time. The State of Illinois would do well to allow its citizens to legally videotape the police at all times, including audio, which is a felony that will put you in jail for 15 years in Illinois--that's the way the police want it. They have a lot to hide, you know. The suit was filed two years to the day because that is the statute of limitations. Likely this victim's trial has been held up in court, and he cannot file a malicious prosecution case until the matter has been decided in his favor. Given the propensity of the police to view the people as bugs to be squashed at their whim, and the illogical propensity of judges and juries to believe what police say just because they are wearing a uniform, anyone accused by the police of anything has got an uphill battle. As for him being behind on his rent, the economy has been bad for some time. A lot of people are in financial trouble. Maybe the police should taser everyone who is behind on their electric bills? Is that the America you want to live in????
Kathleen October 06, 2011 at 11:40 AM
How can you be so sure that he did something to cause the police officers to use excessive force? Why is that your default position? If the police decided they wanted to taser you for no good reason they would just write up a report and make up the reason. That's how it works. No one polices the police. The have absolute power over the citizens. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Kathleen October 06, 2011 at 11:45 AM
This is happening everywhere, not just in Bolingbrook. The police cover-up for one another and are never held to any accountability for their actions against citizens. I remember years ago when you could support local law enforcement. Now they are out of control.
Kathleen October 06, 2011 at 11:50 AM
John, the trouble with police officers is that they think they ARE THE LAW. They are not. They are supposed to enforce the law, and they are supposed to be subject to the law like anyone else. That is the idea, but not the practice. Bad cops shouldn't be working, but good cops are more likely to leave the force rather than stand up to the growing ranks of bad cops.
Kathleen October 06, 2011 at 11:59 AM
A money grab? What are people supposed to do when the police hurt them? Shut up and take it? What venues do they have? Will the police department do anything about it? No. If you file a complaint against an officer, the police will harass you. The ONLY means that a person has to challenge what the police do to them is the court system. The government has decided that all wrongs should be settled financially. People sue for money because that is the only system we have and most people cannot afford to pay for the attorney on their own, so lawyers take these cases on contingency. What other check and balance is their against cops? Nothing. And if no one were to sue, we would have no civil rights whatsoever. Would you prefer that people settle these things vigilante style? Where would that get us? If you don't like the system we have to right wrongs, then write your legislators.
Lettuce October 06, 2011 at 12:29 PM
I get the idea that Kathleen has some issues with the law enforcement community.
Kathleen October 06, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Interesting, Lettuce, you just attribute what I say to "issues," instead of responding to the truth of what I have written. You do not need to be a druggie or a drunk to end up in the cross hairs of the police. You might end up there because you were a concerned citizen that testified truthfully at a trial in contrast to police testimony. You might end up there because you are a person who is knowledgeable about the Constitution and you assert your civil rights. Cops who lie in court should be charged with perjury and lose their pensions. Because there are no consequences for most police officers when they violate the law, they have no fear of lying under oath.
Ken October 06, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Kathleen, Where is the evidence to show the truth that you've written? What case was Aaron Goodman a witness for? Have you read the report? Were you present at his trial? Share with the residents of Bolingbrook the truth as you know it!
Jennifer October 06, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Kathleen, Don't mind Ken/ Lettuce. He is a common troll on Topix.
Kathleen October 06, 2011 at 01:49 PM
I know nothing about Aaron Goodman, but my experience has taught me that if the police make a statement, you should consider the source. What are their motives? Their testimony should have no greater weight than the average citizen. A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend's nephew who is currently in school to become a deputy. He was making jokes about the person whose autopsy he had just attended. Then he made jokes about how he couldn't wait to shoot people. I must have had a look of horror on my face, because he looked at me and said, "Don't worry. I passed the psych evaluation." I'm sure he's exactly what they're looking for. In my case, the evidence is a videotape that proves in all certainty that the police lied, repeatedly, on their reports and in their testimony. Perjury. Big time. All will come out in due time, but some of the people on this board will just make excuses for them. They will start saying, "The police have to lie to get their job done." They will say that the measure of the law is not the law, but the police themselves. We truly have a police state, and few people realize it.
Lettuce October 06, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Back off people, and what's with the Ken/Lettuce thing? I don't know Ken, but I am sure neither of us is a troll. If a little posting board is all it takes to whip you into a frenzy, you guys may want to channel your energies elsewhere.
Tom Selleck October 07, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Kathleen the Police are the law and have the right to exercise their power/authority when necessary!
Tom Selleck October 07, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Kathleen I like your nephews attitude and wish him luck and safety in his law enforcement career!
Kathleen October 07, 2011 at 12:06 PM
@Tom Selleck: You must be a cop. Perhaps you wanted to be one watching Magnum PI on TV when you were growing up. Life isn't a TV show or a video game. It's real. The police are NOT the law. The law is in the Constitution and the legal code that is passed by elected representatives. Police are supposed to enforce the law. The law applies to them as much as anyone else. I pray that my friend's nephew grows some morals and a conscience before somebody puts a gun and a taser in his hand and he goes out on the street. If you think that the ideal officer is a young, angry man who wants to kill people and can't wait to do it, you are only illustrating the problem and supporting my point that to cops, we are nothing but targets.
Tom Selleck October 07, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Kathleen you sound like a bitter person about the Police? What did you do wrong? Let me guess nothing!
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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