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Orland Police Officers Suspended for Racially Charged Remarks on Dashboard Cam

30-day suspension without pay one of the longest issued. Watch the recording and judge for yourself.

The racially charged remarks of two Orland Park police officers, caught on tape, were called "offensive, harmful" and "unprofessional" by the chief of police as he suspended the men from duty.

The ABC7 I-Team first revealed the comments in a TV report on Feb. 18.

The officers' comments were recorded on a dashboard camera in December obtained by attorney Don Perry, who came across the comments by happenstance as he worked on an unrelated DUI case.

"I came across some very racially charged and insensitive language that quite frankly as an Orland park resident it concerned me but as an attorney it made me angry," Perry told ABC7.

  • Readers: The language on the video accompanying this story is unedited.

Perry told the Chicago Tribune that the recording was raised during his client's trial on Feb. 14, and he questioned one of the officers about his remarks.

Upon hearing of this, Police Chief Tim McCarthy suspended the officers that day. The suspension is 30 days without pay.

"The entire conversation from beginning to end was unprofessional and it put the department in a very negative image. The remarks are offensive and could be harmful and we want to hold employees to a high standard," McCarthy said, adding it was the toughest decision he's made in 41 years of law enforcement.

A 30-day suspension is rare but the chief said he felt it was appropriate given the circumstances.

“These are people in a position of power, and if that’s their attitude, it makes you wonder, whether subliminal or not, if people they pull over are going to receive fair treatment," Perry said.

Robert February 23, 2014 at 09:19 AM
I don't know what was said, but I do know people think and say things they mean and don't mean and later change their thinking, or never act on their thinking. To report someones private, yes private, conversation is not right. One can't predict someone who has a bias against wife beaters can't treat them fairly. Sounds like the lawyer and channel 7 inciting bias against police. Or maybe it's retaliation for the channel 2 David Savini DUI
JusticeLeague February 23, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Robert - a dashboard camera conversation is not private. They are well aware they are being recorded.
JusticeLeague February 23, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Harold - not everyone in Orland Park 'talks like that'.
Harry Callahan February 25, 2014 at 08:53 AM
@ Princess Buttercup U seem to not like White people with your comments so U seem to fall in the same category as the police officers but then again U all can say what U all want but others are racists,typical.
Orland Resident February 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM
I absolutely think a 30 day suspension is way too excessive. Do Police Officers have to maintain a level of professionalism, yes! Are Police Officers human with their own thoughts and opinions, yes! There is a huge difference between making racially inappropriate comments with a fellow Officer and saying such comments while on an actual call in front of citizens. Sorry, but people are people are people.... With their own thoughts, feelings, beliefs, etc. They are able to maintain a level of professionalism and still have their beliefs. No one can argue that every teacher, principal, lawyer, doctor, judge, corrections officer, therapist, social worker, are all unbiased, perfect people that have never thought or spoke a racist comment whether it be against whites, blacks, Hispanics, or Asians. Sorry, this is why this is America. Totally excessive punishment! A class on race relations or a warning would have been sufficient in this case.

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