November 1, 2022 | PBS

Chicago cop that lied about ties to the Proud Boys keeps job, alarms others

Senior Manager Jared Holt joined “Chicago Tonight” on PBS-member station WTTW to provide insights and context to the Chicago Police Department’s decision not to dismiss an officer that lied to investigators about his connection to the Proud Boys extremist group.

“I don’t think extremism in the ranks of law enforcement is an overwhelming issue, but even a few officers being involved in these kinds of groups can cause real problems,” Jared said, pointing that these ties should be assessed and make sure they do not “compromise” the greater mission of police.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said investigators “were not able to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that this officer was a member of, or was associated with, the Proud Boys, or any other hate group,” as reported by WTTW.

The police officer was suspended for 120 days.

Full interview was featured on WTTW and on PBS.