The Chicago Police Department has issued a five-day suspension for a cop linked to the Proud Boys who is under investigation for sexual abuse, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday.
“Officer Robert Bakker is the subject of four internal investigations that were all opened last year, according to records obtained by the Sun-Times. Though the inquiry into Bakker’s cozy relationship with the Proud Boys initially resulted in the suspension, he hasn’t yet served it because the case was later reopened at the request of Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. The inspector general’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Baker’s salary is $76,266 a year.
“Ald. Andre Vazquez (40th) previously raised alarms about Bakker to Police Supt. David Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot that he said fell on deaf ears,” the newspaper reported. “In an interview Wednesday, Vazquez said Bakker’s interactions with the controversial group should have resulted in ‘an immediate dismissal or some kind of punitive action.'”
“The latest internal probe targeting Bakker, launched early last August, involves accusations of sexual misconduct and aggravated sexual assault that allegedly occurred in January 2017, nearly a year before he joined the Chicago Police Department as a probationary officer,” the newspaper reported. “The records contain no specific details of the allegations, and it’s unclear whether the case was ever formally referred to prosecutors. Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, said prosecutors are ‘aware of CPD’s pending investigation.'”
“While Bakker previously told the Sun-Times that he was never a member of the group, he didn’t deny taking part in the Proud Boys’ “F— Antifa” Telegram channel. In the chat logs, Bakker spoke harshly of a rainbow-colored police emblem that the department posted on social media to celebrate the LGBTQ community,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The Proud Boys have been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.