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The man responsible for blowing the lid off the biggest scandal during the tenure of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, says not only was he assaulted by an off duty Chicago Police Officer but the incident was made to look like he was in the wrong.

Pat McDonough is a plumbing inspector with the Department of Water Management (DWM) for the City of Chicago, in 2005 he discovered and became the main source for the award winning Chicago Sun Times series on the Chicago Hired Truck Scandal.

On July 30, 2011, McDonough led a team of three (DWM) employees to investigate a complaint from a homeowner that a City of Chicago water sewer had caused the homeowner’s flooded basement on the 7700 block of West Clarence.

After inspecting the sewer system on that block, McDonough told the homeowner, Kevin Mullane, the problem wasn’t in the city’s sewer system. When Mullane, a Chicago Police Officer, insisted his basement be fixed, McDonough explained that he was a plumbing inspector and not allowed to fix plumbing problems.

“You are not going to leave here until you pump out my basement,” Mullane told McDonough, according to transcripts from a Chicago Inspector General (OIG) investigation report.

At that point all parties agree that Mullane followed McDonough who ordered his crew into the truck. A verbal altercation followed and then McDonough and Mullane both claimed the other became physical.

After police were called to the scene, McDonough and his two crew members repeated the same story: Mullane followed McDonough, pushed him to the ground, and wouldn’t allow the truck to leave.

While waiting for the police to finish their report, McDonough said an elderly neighbor who was outside mentioned to him that Mullane was a police officer. McDonough told Rebel Pundit, at that point he feared the incident would be covered.

“McDonough then accused (Chicago Police officer) Kivel of covering up for a fellow officer and reiterated his demand that Mullane be arrested for battery,” according to the Inspector General’s report.

But Mullane wasn’t arrested on the scene and McDonough, as he often does, called the Chicago Sun Times and waiting for the media to show up and give his statement to them.

McDonough has been known to call the media on a number of occasions when he’s discovered something amiss.

“That’s just Pat being Pat,” City of Chicago Department of Water Management Assistant District Superintendent Robert Mrofcza told the OIG.

Later on July 31, 2011, two new witnesses, one a City of Chicago police officer and the other City of Chicago Fire Department employee, stepped forward to back up Mullane’s version of events. Both claimed to have witnessed the altercation but in multiple investigations were never asked or explained why they weren’t at the scene immediately following the melee.

The Chicago Inspector General’s Office and the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) both investigated the incident. The IPRA cleared Mullane, while the OIG’s investigation stated there wasn’t enough evidence to substantiate who started the physical altercation, and instead cited McDonough for being verbally abusive and for waiting for the media on city time.

“McDonough detained the crew and a DWM truck at the scene for at least an hour for the sole purpose of waiting for a Sun Times reporter to arrive to interview him about the altercation.” The OIG report stated. “The evidence further establishes that McDonough was verbally abusive and discourteous to a member of the public.”

McDonough was nearly terminated in the aftermath of the Hired Truck Scandal when the city falsely claimed he didn’t reside in the City of Chicago but in the suburbs. In fact, the suburban home the city claimed he lived in was the home of his then separated spouse.

McDonough, it was later proven, had maintained residence in the City of Chicago throughout his employment, as required of all city employees.

Officer Mullane was cleared of any wrongdoing in both investigations.

According to the OIG investigation, Officer Mullane has had three previous complaints but each was ultimately found to be without merit by subsequent investigations.

McDonough told Rebel Pundit that both reports smelled of a cover up and pointed to several inconsistencies: 1) Only he provided documented medical evidence of physical injuries following the altercation 2) If one of the witnesses was a police officer why did this witness not step in and arrest him on the spot if the witness claimed to have seen McDonough physically assaulting an off duty police officer 3) Both of Mullane’s witnesses appeared long after the incident occurred and just happened to be members of the city’s fire and police department and 4) the line of sight between one of the witness’s home and the incident is blocked by a number of trees making it unlikely the witness had a clear view of what happened.

These four questions were posed to City of Chicago Police Department, the IPRA, and OIG’s office. According to a staffer at the OIG’s office, the office is limited in what it can say to the media following the release of an investigation and the office didn’t provide a formal statement.

The Chicago Police Department declined to formally comment directing all questions to the IPRA and the IPRA didn’t respond to an email from Rebel Pundit for an explanation about the inconsistencies raised.

McDonough was originally suspended for ten days; that’s since been reduced and he’s currently fighting the reduced suspension with a hearing scheduled in front of the City of Chicago Human Resources Board.

One Response

  1. Patrick McDonough

    Thanks for covering the story. Police misconduct is an everyday event in Chicago. Rahm Emanuel needs to address this issue and whistleblower retaliation. Michael Volpe is a author of several books available on Amazon. Where is the Sun-Times on this story.

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