It hasn't even been a week since two of Northern Illinois University's top cops stopped working. One a lieutenant, the other, the chief.
A group of students are sticking by Police Chief Donald Grady's side. They're calling NIU action's 'The Injustice of Justice.'
The school placed Chief Grady and Lieutenant Kartik Ramakrishnan on paid administrative leave last Saturday. This all happened because of a pending court case, The People of the State of Illinois v. Andrew Rifkin. Rifkin is a former NIU police officer charged with sexually assaulting a student. Recent court findings show a 'purposeful hiding of information' on behalf of the school's police department. The DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office released a statement saying that the evidence the department withheld could have possibly cleared Rifkin. But some students think asking the two officers to step down is the wrong move. The investigation is on-going, university leaders are still analyzing court records before they finalize Grady's charges. The students believe until all of this is proven, he shouldn't have to lose his job.
"We are aware of what's going on and we would like to see more evidence too, if he is guilty then show us the evidence." -says NIU Senior Eric Evans.
To show their support, the group wrote to NIU's administrators at the school and the police department and hand-delivered the letters.
"The letters basically say that we do support them and we feel like they're a great police department and we want Chief Grady back." -says NIU Junior Randiss Hopkins.
Their message got through to acting Police Chief Darren Mitchell and Public Safety Director Bill Nicklas. Both say they credit the students with voicing their opinions. Nicklas and Chief Mitchell have read the letters and will take them into consideration before charges are finalized.
One member of the group says she feel uneasy with Chief Grady gone, but she's still confident in Chief Mitchell.
"I know that he's going to take care of his responsibilities." -says NIU Senior Taneesha Plair.
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