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Arbitrator Rules In Favor of Fired Champaign Police Officer, With Second Charge Pending

Once again, an arbitrator acting under terms of the Champaign police union contract has ruled in favor of fired police officer Matt Rush, in one of the two charges cited for his 2016 dismissal.

Independent arbitrator Micheal Falvo determined that the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s refusal to use Rush as a courtroom witness was not valid grounds for firing Rush last April --- and that State’s Attorney Julia Rietz overstepped her bounds in doing so. The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police announced the arbitrator’s ruling on Monday.

Champaign County NAACP President Patricia Avery asks questions of the Citizen Review of Complaints Working Group Monday at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Champaign.
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Panel Exploring Champaign Police Review Board Starts To Get Public Input

The City of Champaign has started gathering public input as it weighs whether to recommend forming a citizens police review board. Monday's meeting of the 14-member Citizens Review of Police Complaints Working Group was first of two this week. The 16 people who attended the first at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church cited concerns with they call an intimidating complaint process that needs to be better explained.

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