Sunday, October 30, 2011

Claim that cops didn't take domestic-violence calls seriously is bounced by federal judge in Chicago

United States District Court,
N.D. Illinois,
Eastern Division.
Jason COOPER, administrator of the Estate of Teresa Iacovetti, deceased, Petitioner,
CITY OF CHICAGO HEIGHTS, et al., Respondents.

No. 09 C 3452.
Oct. 27, 2011.

VIRGINIA M. KENDALL, District Judge.
Teresa Iacovetti's ex-boyfriend Allen Perkins murdered her after she repeatedly complained about Perkins' harassment to the City of Chicago Heights' police department (“CHPD”) and Perkins' parole officer, Agent Eric Bradley (together “the Defendants”). Jason Cooper, as administrator of Iacovetti's estate, sued the City and Bradley (in his individual capacity), asserting that Defendants violated the Equal Protection Clause because they failed to protect Iacovetti because she was a woman. Specifically, Cooper asserts that the Defendants took complaints from domestic violence victims like Iacovetti, who are overwhelmingly female, less seriously than other crimes, and as a result, Perkins stayed out of jail and was able to murder Iacovetti. The Defendants now move for summary judgment. Because Cooper has not demonstrated the CHPD has a policy or practice of treating complaints from women or domestic violence victims with less seriousness than complaints from men, and has not shown any evidence that Bradley intended to discriminate against Iacovetti because of her gender, the Court grants summary judgment to the Defendants.

But there is a lot of evidence from around the nation and the world that the plaintiff may have had a point:

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