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Crime & Courts

Village of Oak Brook wins Peterson appeal

OAK BROOK – The Illinois Supreme Court denied Stephen Peterson's request to appeal an Appellate Court decision that upheld the Village of Oak Brook Board of Fire and Police Commission's (BFPC) decision to terminate Peterson, a former police officer with the village and son of Drew Peterson.

Oak Brook Village President Gopal Lalmalani said the village believed that the evidence "strongly supported" the decision of the BFPC and was glad the courts agreed with the village's position, according to a news release from the village of Oak Brook.

On Feb. 19, 2011, the BFPC sustained the charges brought against Peterson for violating state statute and "several" Oak Brook police conduct regulations, according to the release.

In sustaining the charges, the board cited the contradictory testimony that Peterson gave concerning his purported reason the weapons were given to him, the circumstances by which funds were transferred to him and his rationale for not immediately disclosing the information to the Illinois State Police, according to the release.

Overall, the BFPC found that Peterson "exercised extremely poor judgment with respect to the weapons and money that he received from his father, [Drew] Peterson," said the release.

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