Cop’s £320k fine for ‘Jew boy’ abuse

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BYTOMTUGEND

FOR SEVEN years, a Jewish po­lice of­fi­cer in Chicago was be­rated by his su­pe­rior with such ep­i­thets as “f…..g Jew boy” and “blood­suck­ing par­a­site”, while en­dur­ing mock-Nazi salutes and the wav­ing of swastika flags.

Last week, a fed­eral grand jury evened the score, or­der­ing for­mer po­lice Sgt. Lawrence C Knasiak to pay $540,000 (£320k) to his erst­while tar­get, Detlef Som­mer­field.

Jus­tice­was­long­in­com­ing­toMrSom­mer­field, a Ger­man-born Jew, whose aunt was killed in a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tri­bune.

Mr Som­mer­field worked un­der Knasiak from 2000 to 2007 and filed a com­plaint with po­lice au­thor­i­ties as early as 2004. It took three years to col­lect ev­i­dence for the al­le­ga­tions, af­ter which Knasiak re­tired from the force.

How­ever, in 2012, the case went to a jury, which found the City of Chicago at fault and awarded Mr Som­mer­field $30,000 in dam­ages. Dur­ing that trial, Knasiak de­nied mak­ing the in­sult­ing re­marks and said he was “shocked” when he first heard of the ac­cu­sa­tions.

In the cur­rent case, the fed­eral jury ap­plied the $540,000 penalty to Knasiak per­son­ally.

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