Target: Eddie T. Johnson, Chicago Superintendent of Police
Goal: Remove police officers accused of sodomized a man with a screwdriver.
Two Chicago police officers were found liable of forcing a screwdriver into a man’s rectum under the pretense of searching him, causing internal injuries. However, these officers faced virtually no consequences for their actions, and are still serving on the force with just as much power and responsibility, earning salaries that approach six figures.
What these officers are accused of doing was a brutal abuse of their power. It would also be illegal — a sexual assault. The officers claimed that they witnessed their victim, a young black man who worked as a hotel security guard, in a drug deal. They proceeded to handcuff him, drive him to an alley, and strip-search him. When his pants were down, Officer Scott Korhonen reportedly sodomized him with a screwdriver, while his partner, Officer Gerald Lodwich, stood by.
Coprez Coffie, the victim of this horrible crime, has fought long and hard for justice. While he and his attorneys struggled to bring the case to trial, the Chicago Police Department stonewalled and did not so much as discipline the officers. When the trial finally happened, the officers were found liable, as the screwdriver was reportedly found in their glove compartment along with traces of human fecal matter.
These police officers have apparently broken multiple laws and sexually brutalized a citizen. Sign below to demand their immediate removal from the force.
Dear Superintendent Johnson,
Police swear an oath to protect and to serve, and it is unacceptable for any officer to disregard that oath and not face any consequences. Officers Scott Korhonen and Gerald Lodwich were found liable of inappropriate, illegal, and brutal conduct toward a citizen. They have not been held accountable for their alleged crimes, but they must be. I urge you to fire these men immediately.
Officer Korhonen is accused of jamming a screwdriver into Coprez Coffie’s rectum in an alley, causing internal injuries. He and his partner denied these actions even though there was apparently evidence of the screwdriver and human fecal matter in the glove compartment of their car and documentation of Coffie’s injuries. This cost the city of Chicago millions of dollars for the settlement, and should have resulted in a criminal prosecution against the officers and a loss of their jobs. These do not appear to be men who can be trusted to keep their community safe, and they must be removed from the force.
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