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Johnson seeks to remove man from CPD’s list of potential officers

(CHICAGO) Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson is seeking to remove a man from the department’s list of potential future police officers, citing his previous arrests in incidents of alleged domestic violence.

In a Monday Circuit Court filing, Johnson said the city’s Board of Human Resources incorrectly reversed the police department’s April 2015 decision to remove a man from its list of people eligible to become probationary police officers.

The man is not currently on the city’s payroll.

Johnson said the police department initially removed the man from consideration because he had twice previously been arrested in incidents of domestic violence, once in 2003 and again in 2014.

In the first instance, the man grabbed his mother’s neck and threw her to the ground, according to the filing. In the second, he allegedly punched his female roommate in the head and face as the two were in his car.

Johnson stated that “despite the weight of the evidence,” the city’s Board of Human Resources recommended that the man should be restored to the department’s eligibility list.

Salvador A. Cicero, chairman of the Board of Human Resources, declined to comment on the filing.

Man charged with DUI for crash that killed 3-year-old boy

(CICERO) A Cicero man has been charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance in connection with a crash in 2013 that killed a 3-year-old boy in the Archer Heights neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Erick Ochoa, 24, has been charged with a felony count of aggravated DUI involving a death, according to a statement from Chicago Police. He was also cited for driving on a suspended license and failing to stop at a stop sign.

About 10:20 p.m. on July 20, 2013, 3-year-old Jimmy Lomas ran onto the street from between two parked cars and was struck by Ochoa’s vehicle, police said.

Lomas, of the 300 block of 27th Avenue in Bellwood, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead at 11:11 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Ochoa, of the 1300 block of South 50th Avenue in Cicero, was initially cited after the crash with failure to yield to a pedestrian in the roadway, but the investigation later determined he had been under the influence of a controlled substance, police said.

He was arrested Sunday after he was stopped for a traffic violation, police said. Ochoa is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.