Ready, Set, Shred: State Police Investigation Complete
We have new information surrounding our exclusive Ready, Set, Shred series involving the destruction of some Springfield police internal affairs documents. ABC Newschannel 20 has learned the status of the state-led investigation as to whether the city of Springfield and/or the Springfield Police Department broke any laws when it shredded police internal affairs documents that were under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Wednesday, May 7 2014, 06:40 PM CDT
The Illinois State's Attorney's Appellate Prosecutor's Office got the case nearly a year ago, with the help of the Illinois State Police. In that time, both agencies have remained fairly mum on the status--that is, until we asked the appellate prosecutor's office for an on-camera interview regarding the case.
Its director, Patrick Delfino, declined an on-camera interview, but he did release this statement:
"The Illinois State Police has recently completed its extensive investigation and provided our agency with all case files. Our mission now is to conclude this case review in a timely, comprehensive, and proficient manner."
You'll remember that even before our series of reports concluded, then-police chief Robert Williams announced his retirement, and former lead city attorney Mark Cullen tendered his resignation. Assistant city attorney Geannette Wittendorf was initially reassigned, then fired in early January. Former police deputy chief Cliff Buscher, who stood to be the next chief and whose internal affairs file was at the heart of our investigation, retired a few weeks after Wittendorf was fired in mid-January.
Depending on what the appellate prosecutor's investigation finds, any or all of these people could face criminal charges.