Donald Grady

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A federal judge in Chicago has refused to dismiss a 2014 civil rights lawsuit by a former police chief at Northern Illinois University. 

The school fired Grady in 2013 after he was accused of mishandling evidence in an investigation into allegations a campus police officer sexually assaulted a student. Grady denied the accusation.

The Friday ruling means Donald Grady can go forward with the lawsuit. He's seeking reinstatement and an apology.

The suit says Grady was fired without a fair hearing.

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Northern Illinois University Police Chief Donald Grady has been fired.

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Deputy Police Chief takes the reins

Northern Illinois University has placed its police chief on administrative leave. Chief Donald Grady and Lt. Kartik Ramakrishnan are facing disciplinary proceedings by the university. Deputy Chief of Police Darren Mitchell, a member of the NIU Police Department since 2000 who also serves as executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Planning, was named Sunday to take command of the 38-member force until an acting chief is named.