Evergreen Park Police Respond to Gun For Pass on Ticket Claims
A story by Fox Chicago alleges that a man was offered the chance to get off on a ticket if he found a gun to give to Evergreen Park police.
Fox Chicago reporter Dane Placko says the man, Michael Holton, was found to have a suspended license after being pulled over on Tuesday, Jan. 8 for a burnt out license plate light. An officer from the tactical unit then offered him a deal. If he could produce a gun to hand over to the police they would let him off, the story claims.
Holton, an insurance salesman, claimed he does not own a gun, has no gang ties and was unclear why the police were putting pressure on him.
Dep. Police Chief Wayne Gutkowski disputed Holton's version of events to Patch on Friday.
Accorging to Gutkowski, it was Holton who first floated the idea of a deal asking, "If there was anything he could offer."
Gutkowski went on to say that the police officers are not in the business of making deals, they simply enforce already written laws. He added that if individuals produce information or tips to officers that cooperation might be passed along to prosecutors, however it would not get someone a free pass.
"We don't make deals," Gutkowski said.
No official investigation has been opened, because as of Friday morning Holton had not filed a complaint with the Evergreen Park Police Department.
"All we know is what we have seen on TV," Gutkowski said.
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