Former Northern Illinois University Police Chief Don Grady has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the university's board of trustees. It comes a year after his firing. The Daily Chronicle reports the suit wants Grady to be reinstated with back pay and receive a public apology.
He was fired after a judge ruled the department purposefully mishandled evidence in a rape case against an NIU police officer. According to the lawsuit, NIU officials retaliated against Grady for disclosing information about an investigation into employees who allegedly kept the proceeds from selling university scrap metal. Grady says he was fired without receiving a fair hearing. He also claims he was treated differently from the white employees implicated in the scrap metal scandal.