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FBI, Illinois State Police search NIU Police headquarters


The FBI, Illinois State Police and a couple other government agencies execute a search warrant at Northern Illinois University police headquarters. Investigators are tight lipped about what they are looking for but it has students talking about why federal and state law enforcement are on campus. 

"It's kind of worrying me that you know, we are being investigated right now and it kind of makes me wonder if I can go to them for anything," says Christopher Gatrel, NIU student.

"I feel like it's the police that they are raiding so who can you trust," says Rhandi Turner, NIU student. 

The FBI says its agents along with Illinois State Police plus the U.S. Department of Education Office of the Inspector General and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of the Inspector General search the Northern Illinois University Police Department. Feds would not give any more details other than the raid was part of an ongoing criminal investigation by those agencies. NIU administrators say the first they knew about the search was when it happened.

"The university is cooperating fully in the matter and according to the FBI it's not, and I want to repeat that, not in response to any public safety concerns," says Brad Hoey, NIU director of communications and marketing.

NIU Police have been involved in some past controversies but it is not clear if these cases are connected. College administrators asked Illinois State Police to investigate the campus police department after long-time Police Chief Donald Grady was suspended last year. Grady was accused of mishandling a rape accusation against former officer Andrew Rifkin in 2011. Grady was fired last month.  The Grady case caused some students to lose confidence in the department.  They hope this investigation helps.

"I guess we'll just have to trust them to get everything together and do the right thing and the truth will come out eventually," says Elaina Blunt, NIU student.

NIU and the FBI want students to know the campus police department is still operating and any crime should be reported to police there.

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