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CL Officer Suspended after Incident Involving District 47 Superintendent

A Crystal Lake police officer was suspended for three days after assisting Superintendent Donn Mendoza at 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 9, the Northwest Herald reports.

 

A Crystal Lake police officer has been given a three-day, unpaid suspension for not following department protocol during a Sept. 9 incident involving District 47 Superintendent Donn Mendoza, the Northwest Herald reports.

Officer Brian Burr did not follow department procedure when he responded at 2:30 a.m. to Autumn Drive, after a neighbor reported a suspicious vehicle parked outside a residence. Burr found Mendoza sitting in the back seat of his Honda Pilot, parked seven houses from his home, and smelling of alcohol and appearing intoxicated, according to the article.

Burr never gave Mendoza a field sobriety test, gave the school superintendent a ride home and did not search him before allowing Mendoza into the squad car, as he should have, the article said. The Northwest Herald reports that Mendoza said he had one drink and was not intoxicated, only exhausted after returning from a day-trip to South Bend, Ind., for Notre Dame football game.

michelle w October 05, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I am sorry that he has "snowed" you. Mr. Mendoza let a police officer take the fall for his illegal actions. He is scum and a flat out liar. Couldn't he have come up with a more believable lie?
Amanda Schmidt October 05, 2012 at 09:06 PM
ILLANOYING...I like that! I am stealing that from you ;)
Amanda Schmidt October 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
His "witness" aka friends of his will NEVER tell the truth.
LLOMIS October 06, 2012 at 01:15 AM
John Q Public - Do you speak for "Concerned Citizen" above? Do you know them? Or are you just enjoying using this opportunity to propagate the idea that the Mendoza family would somehow abuse someone's children? Are you serious?!?!
CSPAC October 06, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Jeff and Alees...sounds like you guys have made a love connection and can move away together... You're spending way to much time on this story, time to make your own, best wishes
Amanda Schmidt October 06, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Sounds like you have too much time on your hands too if you are reading ALL of our comments! Did you even read the article? Why don;t you tell me how you feel about it! Piss off!
John Q Public October 06, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I know LLOMIS, and have seen it and sometimes the school has you sign things called nondisclosure agreements to cover things up....so yes I know what its like to deal w/D47
John Q Public October 06, 2012 at 04:19 AM
And since you want full disclose LLOMIS what is your interest, you screen name does not tell me who you are...if so interested in full disclosue post your full name. And actually not sure why I am even getting into this with you, if you really buy this story I am guessing you are blind to the truth
jeff October 06, 2012 at 04:37 AM
yeah!!
jeff October 06, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Illinois! Illinois! pay the fee get off Scott free! If you don't like it cast your vote but remember the end result is a place very remote!
LLOMIS October 06, 2012 at 05:16 AM
John Q Public...naughty, naughty, making assumptions like that. At no point did I ever claim to buy any part of this story. All I was saying is that it's really easy to throw out accusations at people with an anonymous signature. People shouldn't be so ready to believe everything that is written - just because it's 'written'. Or are you one of those people that think no one could possibly make up a story or embellish on the Patch to further their own agenda? I also said nothing about "cover-ups". You may be mixing up other people's comments with mine...not sure where you're coming from there. I simply commented on the implication you made that the Mendoza's would do something to deliberately harm another person's child. Come on now...if you take your anger out of your comments...you have to admit that that is ridiculous! And as far as putting your real name on here, you are correct, in today's day and age, it's probably not a good idea.
Christine L. evans October 06, 2012 at 05:35 AM
You are correct. Superintendents are not members of a union. In fact, they find themselves ,often, on the opposite side of the table when dealing with the union!
Tim October 06, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Hey CSPAC what are talking about??? The fact that he was acting irrationally and smelled like booze at 2:40 am is cause enough to suspect something is up. Maybe there is a dash cam that will show what happened but this is far from normal behavior. Why did it take so long for the officer Burr to write the police report? maybe the facts would have been more clear if the officer wrote the report the same day and not almost two-weeks later. Lets face it the law was not followed here Mendoza got off with a favor thanks to his high school buddy. Officer Burr and the police chief need to be fired for breaking their code of conduct and not following the law that they are sworn to uphold. I would like to see how this would play out in front of a jury. As for the media they did their job or none of this would have been known and public officials like Mendoza would still get to use the police department as personal taxi cabs on our dime. How can you believe anything that this officer said? his actions were against department policy and he clearly was wrong. So I would not for a minute put any faith in Brian Burr's judgments that night. He was wrong and so was Mendoza. Donn be a man fess up and come clean. Trust me if this was any other citizen they would have been arrested and charged. Poor judgement, poor behavior and breaking the law.
John Q Public October 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM
LLOMIS, I have seen D47 at work, I have worked against their attorneys and yes they will use your child as a pawn. Even when that child is disabled unable to defend themselves.....and finally when their attorneys convince them at the 11th hour, after forcing you to spend 10s of thousands of dollars in legal fees that a trial would be a public embarassment from them, they come to reality and want to settle to protect thier egos...but make sure that nothing can be said. I did not believe what I saw when I experienced it, but the plaintiff attorneys that deal with this know D47.....its sounds like some story from a movie, but believe or not, its real
Stephanie Price (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Alees, two of your comments were deleted due to profanity. You can post your opinions, but keep it clean - no $$ signs either - or it gets deleted.
Frankthetank October 08, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Thanks Stephanie... Jeff and Alees, please leave the commenting to the Adults. Thanks.
jeff October 08, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I have seen very few adult comments so far on this post thats why we all dropped it.
cynthia October 08, 2012 at 08:52 PM
What I meant about the UNION connection is this: Typically a Superintendent at one time or another has been a member of the School teachers Union and may still be a member. They are in support of the Union becuase they are opposed to Charter Schools whioch operate outside of their control. This is the connection Union to Union that I was making with my comments. In addition the Super intendents and the School Boards are a big part of the education problem becuase it is they who have given away the increases in salary and benefits without proven improvments in education therby putting all of the expense on the back of the taxpayer.
cynthia October 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
And the School Boards and the Superintendents tend to be all buddy buddy. Washing each others back. Enter the Police Union buddies and we have Chicago politics. its all about the entitlements.
Amanda Schmidt October 08, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I am an adult...frankthetank lol
Amanda Schmidt October 08, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Yes it is very unfortunate in this cae that the super and the board are so buddy buddy......I dealt with that first hand
Julie Burr October 11, 2012 at 10:14 PM
The officer and Mendoza are friends AND DO hang out together.. its kind of funny that once all this became public BOTH the officers and Mendoza's facebook accts were deactivated!!!! You want proof that they are friends and go out drinking together... just get their FB accts reactivated to show that they are LYING!!!!!! I have to agree that this was a cover up job on both parts...Seriously.. Mendoza couldnt make it 7 houses home?????? I also find it kind of funny that one of his own neighbors called the cops on him.. His own neighbor doesnt recognize a car that is parked 7 driveways down every day? The ONLY reason a police report was generated was because SOMEONE heard about it or was bragging about it and the whole thing became public... The thing I learned here is if your going to drink and drive... make sure you are friends with a Crystal Lake cop!! There is no integrity or morals at that department. I had a personal sitution with this same cop that decided to spread some personal family details to people that had no reason knowing them.. I went to the PD and spoke to his sargent and guess what came out of it.. NOTHING!!!! I am sure the Chief doesnt even know that... Way to go CLPD and Donn Mendoza for representing your city!!!!! I will NEVER move back to that city....
Know them both October 18, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I believe in order to give a field sobriety test, person must have control of vehicle. Officer didn't see keys in car. Mendoza was in back seat. Officer asked Mendoza if he had keys, which he responded "no". How was the officer supposed to give him a sobriety test, legally? I understand you might have certain feelings for Mendoza, but what the officer did was all he could legally do. I'm sure he didn't do a write-up because there was no crime. Without any car keys, there is nothing giving Mendoza control of the car, thus no crime committed.
Know them both October 18, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I also know for a FACT, that Mendoza and Officer Burr DON'T "hang out". They knew of each other, but weren't really friends. Know the facts before you run someones name through the mud.
Stephanie Price (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Our judicial system is based upon "innocent until proven guilty." In this case, there wasn't even an arrest, or charges. If anyone has information that contradicts what has been released by the police or Dr. Mendoza, and wants to go on the record with that information, contact me at Stephanie.Price@patch.com. I'll hear and post your side of the story in a followup article (I must source the information with your real name).
cynthia November 04, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Someone..must have seen Mendozza drive that car into its position on the side of the road. Did the police officer check every home on the block? No he did not...He just allowed Mendozza to not take the test. Do you really think this is how most police officers handle a similar situation??? Really..... I think not... If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck,...get my drift?
Concerned Citizen November 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Stephanie, you cannot use the "there wasn't even an arrest" argument to say innocent until proven guilty. The suspension of the police officer was because he WAS SUPPOSED TO do a field sobriety test and there SHOULD HAVE been an arrest. The fact that the officer did not do his job (which is FACT based on the suspension) does not make Mendoza innocent...just lucky. You ask for someone to come forward who saw it, but why would those that did after seeing an officer cover up for a city official? Nobody wants the retaliation that would come with it. All I can say is look at the scenario described in the paper, add that to the officer knowing Mendoza, and throw in the suspension and the lame story from Mendoza. While that is definitely not enough to arrest him...it certainly does not pass the smell test. For the School Board President to neglect all of that is shameful. Finally, previous posts say that the officer did his job and could not do anything...are you telling me it is normal for them to drive someone home and then WALK back to his car and drive it home for him? Stop thinking about sticking up for him and start imagining if he hit someone or killed someone? Awake enough to drive all the way to Crystal Lake from South Bend...but not the remaining four houses to his home?
Concerned Citizen November 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Stephanie, you cannot use the "there wasn't even an arrest" argument to say innocent until proven guilty. The suspension of the police officer was because he WAS SUPPOSED TO do a field sobriety test and there SHOULD HAVE been an arrest. The fact that the officer did not do his job (which is FACT based on the suspension) does not make Mendoza innocent...just lucky. You ask for someone to come forward who saw it, but why would those that did after seeing an officer cover up for a city official? Nobody wants the retaliation that would come with it. All I can say is look at the scenario described in the paper, add that to the officer knowing Mendoza, and throw in the suspension and the lame story from Mendoza. While that is definitely not enough to arrest him...it certainly does not pass the smell test. For the School Board President to neglect all of that is shameful. Finally, previous posts say that the officer did his job and could not do anything...are you telling me it is normal for them to drive someone home and then WALK back to his car and drive it home for him? Stop thinking about sticking up for him and start imagining if he hit someone or killed someone? Awake enough to drive all the way to Crystal Lake from South Bend...but not the remaining four houses to his home?
jeff November 28, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I can't believe you guys still don't understand how things work out here!
BobN71 December 05, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I Agree Mary I have Donn for a very long time your correct!

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