Prosecutors have dropped all criminal charges against a Chicago cop who was accused of battering an on-duty officer outside a Boystown bar while dressed as a clown on Halloween night.
And a woman who was charged with emailing a false report of a mass shooting at the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) has reached a deferred prosecution deal with prosecutors.
“Booze-O The Clown”
Prosecutors have agreed to drop all charges against Chicago Police Officer Karina Salgado, the 30-year-old cop who had been accused of striking an on-duty officer in the face after she had a dispute with a Boystown nightclub doorman on Halloween night.
A doorman at Charlie’s, 3726 North Broadway, told Salgado that she could not enter the bar around 1 a.m. on Nov 1, according to a police report. Salgado allegedly made another attempt to enter the bar and then left.
Officers caught up with Salgado, told her that she was barred from entering the club, then blocked her path when she tried to enter the bar again, a CPD spokesperson said in November.
Salgado allegedly struck an officer in the face, leading to her arrest. Police said Salgado was intoxicated at the time.
Prosecutors charged her with misdemeanor counts of resisting police, battery, and criminal trespassing.
But the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has now dropped all charges against Salgado, according to court records.
Salgado, who should be a top contender for enshrinement in the Mugshot Hall of Fame, remains on desk duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation, a CPD spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Alison Yohanna, the former COPA employee who was accused of filing a false report and official misconduct stemming from a false mass shooting report, has entered a one-year deferred prosecution agreement, according to court records.
Yohanna was accused of sending a Dec. 28, 2018, email to the Chicago Inspector General’s office in which she claimed that another COPA worker was planning a mass shooting at the agency’s office.
Investigators determined that the report was bogus and criminal charges were filed.
Yohanna, 35, was forced to resign from the police oversight agency in the wake of the allegations and further allegations that she improperly accessed the investigative records of Chicago police officers.