The lawyer representing former NIU police chief Don Grady calls the decision to fire his client "unjust action." This week, the university dismissed Grady on the heels of misconduct allegations within the campus police department.
The decision stemmed from a sexual assault case against one of Grady's officers. That case was eventually dismissed after a judge ruled that the department withheld evidence that could have cleared the officer.
Grady's attorney Michael Fox says throughout the administrative review process, NIU failed to prove that the chief did anything wrong.
"There's really no basis to assign the type of blame to the chief that would ordinarily warrant an involuntary termination" Fox told WNIJ.
Fox also suggests that NIU was motivated to fire Grady over the results of last year's Coffee Fund investigation, which resulted in criminal charges against several university employees.
Meanwhile, a letter submitted by Grady to the university prior to his dismissal questioned whether he was being targeted because of his race.
When reached for comment, an NIU spokesman said they stand behind the termination letter sent to Grady. It said the department's credibility had been compromised.