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Former Officer Sues NIU Board and Grady

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A former campus police officer is suing the NIU Board of Trustees and Police Chief Don Grady. Andrew Rifkin filed the lawsuit Jan. 22 in DeKalb County. Rifkin was charged in 2011 with sexually assaulting a student. Those charges were later dropped.

WEB EXTRA: Daily Chronicle: Rifkin Court Filing

DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert said NIU police had purposefully hidden from prosecutors witness statements that could have aided Rifkin’s defense.

Two people who knew Rifkin told NIU police Lieutenant Kartik Ramakrishnan and Police Chief Donald Grady the woman had a consensual relationship with Rifkin.

No report was filed at that time. On November 3rd, Ramakrishnan said in court that he made a “very, very bad mistake” and put the women’s statements into Rifkin’s personnel file, rather than sharing them with the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s office, as required. Both Ramakrishnan and Grady were put on leave.

Rifkin is seeking damages.

Plaintiff(s)

ANDREW RIFKIN

Defendant(s)

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF NORTHERN - Defendant

     KARTIK RAMAKRISHNAN - Defendant
  
     DONALD GRADY - Defendant
   
     JASON JOHN - Defendant
    
     RAMON HOLLAND - Defendant
    

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.
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