Man who sued cops found slain

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Man who sued cops found slain
Civil rights suit active against Harvey police

By Charles Sheehan
Tribune staff reporter
Published November 26, 2006


A man who filed a civil rights lawsuit earlier this year alleging that a Harvey police commander had attempted to coerce a confession from him was found shot to death in the south suburb, police said Saturday.

The body of Iran Kee, 23, was found about 9:30 p.m. Friday in an alley near 152nd and Paulina Streets, police said. He had been shot at least eight times.

Kee was charged two years ago with murder after he was accused of holding down a Vice Lords street gang leader while another man shot him to death.

The murder charges were dropped in January when a judge threw out statements that Kee had made to police. Lawyers for Kee had argued that he made the statements only after Harvey Police Cmdr. Merritt Gentry removed his own shirt, displayed tattoos that appeared to be street gang-related and said, "You guys killed one of us, he was a Vice Lord."

Kee filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit in March against Harvey and its police department, alleging that his constitutional rights had been violated during a search of his mother's home and during the interrogation that followed.

The suit accuses Harvey police of attempting to coerce Kee into making a false confession. He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of illegally possessing a weapon.

Lawyer Kenneth Flaxman said Saturday that Kee's death does not mean the end of the lawsuit. The suit also was filed on behalf of Kee's mother, whose home was searched. At the time, police did not have a search warrant, the suit alleges.

"This is the kind of action that survives death," Flaxman said. "They broke into her home and trashed it to coerce a confession from her son."

One person was in custody in connection with Kee's death, said Tony DeBois, director of special operations for Harvey police.

"Right now it seems to be the result of an ongoing feud between two groups of individuals," DeBois said. "Basically, this guy came out on the short end. Hopefully this is the end of it."

DeBois is named in the lawsuit as one of the officers alleged to have illegally searched the home of Kee's mother in March 2004 after the Vice Lords gang leader was shot.

DeBois would not comment on the suit. Harvey officials have denied the allegations and contend in court documents that Kee's mother gave permission for officers to search her home.

Repeated attempts Saturday to reach Harvey police spokeswoman Sandra Alvarado were unsuccessful.




sheesh! somehow i doubt the cops are going to try to hard to find the "real" killer.
 

Challenger

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Originally posted by: Mike
So he was in a violent street gang? I really don't mind when violent street gang members kill each other.


When they are all dead no-one will care :thumbsup:
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: Mike
So he was in a violent street gang? I really don't mind when violent street gang members kill each other.

usually i don't either.

but when one is a member of the police force? and illegal search and confessions? yeah i start to care.
 
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Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: Mike
So he was in a violent street gang? I really don't mind when violent street gang members kill each other.

usually i don't either.

but when one is a member of the police force? and illegal search and confessions? yeah i start to care.

Yea, but at that point you're caring about something different, which is fine, you just can't call it the same thing.
 

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Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: Mike
So he was in a violent street gang? I really don't mind when violent street gang members kill each other.

usually i don't either.

but when one is a member of the police force? and illegal search and confessions? yeah i start to care.

I see no proof of that based on what is posted in the OP.
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: FilmCamera
Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: Mike
So he was in a violent street gang? I really don't mind when violent street gang members kill each other.

usually i don't either.

but when one is a member of the police force? and illegal search and confessions? yeah i start to care.

I see no proof of that based on what is posted in the OP.

true.

if it is true i wonder if the investigation is going to go anywhere?

but to be honest it wouldnt suprise me.
 

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Originally posted by: Mike
So he was in a violent street gang? I really don't mind when violent street gang members kill each other.

:thumbsup:
 

FilmCamera

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Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: FilmCamera
Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: Mike
So he was in a violent street gang? I really don't mind when violent street gang members kill each other.

usually i don't either.

but when one is a member of the police force? and illegal search and confessions? yeah i start to care.

I see no proof of that based on what is posted in the OP.

true.

if it is true i wonder if the investigation is going to go anywhere?

but to be honest it wouldnt suprise me.

Hard to say...I dunno about the cop being a member of the gang, but I don't doubt them being forceful in trying to get a confession. Now as far as them killing him...I dunno about that. I'd say it was related to the shooting of the gang member and it was them getting him back. Hard to believe anything the media reports....probably only a few people that know what went on and will ever know.
 

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Originally posted by: waggy

sheesh! somehow i doubt the cops are going to try to hard to find the "real" killer.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the article says they already have the killer in custody:

One person was in custody in connection with Kee's death, said Tony DeBois, director of special operations for Harvey police

The kid was a member of a violent street gang... and you assume he was killed by the cops?
 

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Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: waggy

sheesh! somehow i doubt the cops are going to try to hard to find the "real" killer.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the article says they already have the killer in custody:

One person was in custody in connection with Kee's death, said Tony DeBois, director of special operations for Harvey police

The kid was a member of a violent street gang... and you assume he was killed by the cops?

Apparently the commander was a member of a violent street gang...
 

tweakmm

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Originally posted by: mercanucaribe
Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: waggy

sheesh! somehow i doubt the cops are going to try to hard to find the "real" killer.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the article says they already have the killer in custody:

One person was in custody in connection with Kee's death, said Tony DeBois, director of special operations for Harvey police

The kid was a member of a violent street gang... and you assume he was killed by the cops?

Apparently the commander was a member of a violent street gang...
Where does it say this exactly?:confused:
 

mercanucaribe

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Originally posted by: tweakmm
Originally posted by: mercanucaribe
Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: waggy

sheesh! somehow i doubt the cops are going to try to hard to find the "real" killer.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the article says they already have the killer in custody:

One person was in custody in connection with Kee's death, said Tony DeBois, director of special operations for Harvey police

The kid was a member of a violent street gang... and you assume he was killed by the cops?

Apparently the commander was a member of a violent street gang...
Where does it say this exactly?:confused:

Cmdr. Merritt Gentry removed his own shirt, displayed tattoos that appeared to be street gang-related and said, "You guys killed one of us, he was a Vice Lord."
 

tweakmm

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Originally posted by: mercanucaribe
Originally posted by: tweakmm
Originally posted by: mercanucaribe
Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: waggy

sheesh! somehow i doubt the cops are going to try to hard to find the "real" killer.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the article says they already have the killer in custody:

One person was in custody in connection with Kee's death, said Tony DeBois, director of special operations for Harvey police

The kid was a member of a violent street gang... and you assume he was killed by the cops?

Apparently the commander was a member of a violent street gang...
Where does it say this exactly?:confused:

Cmdr. Merritt Gentry removed his own shirt, displayed tattoos that appeared to be street gang-related and said, "You guys killed one of us, he was a Vice Lord."
Fair enough.
And to think I was going to make fun of your vision. :laugh:
 

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I hate it when I hear stuff like this. Tax payer money on the cops, alright? Can they just do their freakin' jobs right!?

Who doesn't want gang violence? Nearly everyone else except for those who don't care about one thing or the other. Army rollin' down streets with A_11 tanks please (j/k).

Anyway, peace & hope be with the sir who died and may cops in this country look upto those soldiers who have died in the Iraq War.
 

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hah...my brother works for the harvey FD. Talk about a corrupt town. That whole town should be burned to the ground. Honestly, when I hear about corruption coming out of Harvey, it doesn't surprise me, police or otherwise. Sad to say, but the police department has bigger issues than a gang member in its ranks, thats how bad it is.