Two Maywood cops charged in separate felony cases

Matthew Walberg (Tribune reporter) | December 21, 2010

A Maywood deputy police chief was charged with falsely accusing a onetime friend of a carjacking, while a second Maywood cop allegedly stole cash from criminal defendants, including two undercover FBI agents who posed as gang members, authorities said Tuesday.

Cook County prosecutors said Deputy Chief Brian Black, a 14-year veteran of the west suburban police force, was charged with filing a false police report and obstructing justice, both felonies. Robert Welch, assigned to the department’s gang-suppression unit, was charged with felony theft and official misconduct. Welch is also facing federal charges in connection with the thefts and is on paid leave from the department.

Authorities said that over the last six months, Black often drove around in his personal vehicle while off duty with an 18-year-old man, drinking, smoking marijuana and hiring prostitutes. In the early morning hours of Nov. 14, the friend alleged that Black made sexual advances toward him in the vehicle and struck him in the head with his service weapon when the teen tried to flee.

When Chicago police arrived, Black falsely claimed the teen tried to carjack him, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Nick Trutenko.

The judge on Tuesday ordered Black, 36, held on $75,000 bail and to surrender all firearms and ammunition.

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