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Closing arguments to start in Chief Epperson's complaint hearing

Closing arguments will happen today in a complaint hearing against Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson. 

The chief is accused of mishandling an October 2013 incident. The police union says he violated the rules and regulations of the police department.

Epperson is accused of obstructing officers who were trying to check on the welfare of the adult son of then NAACP Rockford president Lloyd Johnston. When police arrived at Johnston's door, Johnston called Epperson on speaker phone. Epperson is alleged to have told Johnston to not let in the officers and to tell them to leave. Epperson denies he ever told Johnston to tell the police to leave.

The hearing began in January before the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners and has been happening on and off. This is a probable cause hearing. If the board finds cause for the complaint it would move immediately to a full evidentiary hearing. If cause is found the chief could face discipline or even possible firing. 13 New Reporter Rebecca Klopf (@RebeccaKlopf) is covering the case and will provide us updates throughout the day both on and on Twitter @13WREX.

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