COPA’s Chicago Police Sex Migrant Investigation has so far failed to find any alleged victims

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CHICAGO (WLS) — While hundreds of migrants remain in Chicago police stations, North Lawndale’s 10th Precinct has remained quiet.

The asylum-seekers were turned away after an allegation of sexual misconduct was reported to the Civilian of Police Accountability, known as COPA, on 6 July.

“The indictment concerned a specific officer, accused him of sexual contact with an unidentified minor migrant, and indicated that several other unidentified officers from the 10th Precinct may also have committed similar misconduct,” said COPA Chief Administrator Andrea Kersten.

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After a nearly two-week investigation, Kersten said so far the allegations were groundless.

“To be very clear, we have not identified a single migrant who claims to have direct knowledge of or be the victim of any form of sexual misconduct by a member of the Chicago Police Department,” Kersten said.

Kersten said information about the prosecution came from a city employee. Due to the unprecedented amount of public scrutiny surrounding the allegations, COPA held a rare press conference to provide an update. It included another sexual misconduct charge at the Lakeview 19th Precinct Police Department, but detectives were unable to identify a migrant officer or victim.

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“We intend to exhaust all efforts,” Kersten said.

Kersten said more than a dozen COPA investigators and employees, many Spanish-speaking, are working on the cases. The Fraternal Order of Police and some aldermen questioned the legitimacy of the allegations.

COPA’s investigation included 10 investigations, two supervising investigators, a director of investigations and two deputy principal administrators said. The investigators worked with DCFS, OEMC, CPD and community advocates and worked to survey migrant shelters and reach members of the migrant community.

“We will see what COPA finds out and what information they provide before we make any announcements about next steps,” Mayor Brandon Johnson said.

The 10th Police Precinct is located in Alderman Monique Scott’s ward, where the migrants were immediately transferred after COPA received the allegations.

“I don’t know if they are agitators working against the system. However, they didn’t belong on the police station plans,” Scott said.

At this point, COPA has not recommended that the CPD strip any officer of police powers in the 10th Precinct.

Andrea Kersten said the investigations of the 10th and 19th districts will remain open. You asked for the audience’s patience and participation.

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