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Judge strikes down RPD Chief's restraining order request

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ROCKFORD (WREX) - A judge strikes down Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson's request for a temporary restraining order against the police union. That means the union can continue to pursue its complaint against the chief.

Epperson's attorney filed the order, saying the union didn't take the appropriate steps it needed to when pursuing a complaint against the chief.

The union says last October, officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute. They say Chief Epperson got involved in that call when he shouldn't have. While Epperson's attorney argued the union took the wrong course of action, the union's attorney says this restraining order was just a tactic to delay the real issue at hand.

"It's really smoke and mirrors to keep us away from the investigation that's going to allow us to get to the bottom of what really happened in this incident," said Dan McGrail, PBPA attorney.

"All they had to do was file a grievance. The grievance procedure requires them to sit down, let's discus it. They did not file it, any type of grievance. They violated their own contract," said Thomas McGuire, Chief Epperson's attorney.

In part the judges ruling said, "Plaintiff has failed to demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits of this case; specifically, he has failed to show that the Mayor, as opposed to the Board of Commissioners, has the power to hire and discharge a chief of police."

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