Calvin Christian III jailed
Christian has ongoing lawsuits against the city
Calvin Christian III was jailed Thursday for the second time in a week after he failed to produce required financial paperwork in connection with a collection action by the City of Springfield.
Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Chris Perrin ordered Christian sent to jail with no bond for contempt of court. Christian, who has a long series of traffic infractions, owes the city $565 for violating a sound ordinance.
Christian was arrested earlier this week for failure to appear in court in a separate case and released on a bond of $3,000. After his release, he was supposed to bring records such as payroll stubs and income tax returns to yesterday's hearing but did not do so. He was arrested again and spent the night in jail without bond.
Christian, who says that he has been harassed by city police, has three pending lawsuits against the city, including one filed under the state Freedom of Information Act in which Christian is demanding internal affairs files for several officers. Sangamon Circuit Court Judge John Schmidt heard arguments on the case more than a year ago but has yet to issue a ruling. Within the past month, Christian has filed two additional lawsuits in the city, one in state court claiming that the city has illegally destroyed internal affairs files and the second in federal court claiming that police have harassed him in retaliation for his fight to obtain disciplinary records documenting allegations of wrongdoing by officers.
Click to read the court docket in Christian's lawsuit demanding internal affairs files: http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/file-157-.pdf
Click to read the court docket in the case leading to Christian's arrest: http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/file-158-.pdf