Thursday, March 9, 2006 05:23 pm
Controversial SPD officer reassigned to patrol
Springfield Police Department’s most controversial officer, Lt. Rickey Davis, has been transferred out of the detective bureau to patrol. Davis is a plaintiff in two separate federal race discrimination lawsuits and past president of the Black Guardians Association. His attorney, Courtney Cox, says Davis was called into a meeting with Deputy Chief Bill Rouse and Deputy Chief Mike Geiger Tuesday afternoon and told he was being reassigned to patrol. “He wasn’t given an answer as to why this was happening,” Cox says. “I think it’s retaliatory against Rickey. As you know, the [Black Guardians’] case is pretty hot and heavy right now,” Cox says. However, city officials say the action may have more to do with the problems plaguing SPD’s investigations division. Two detectives are on administrative leave while Illinois State Police investigates administrative and criminal allegations against them. As the lieutenant assigned to the major case unit, Davis supervised these two detectives. Davis was originally told he would be assigned to third watch, Cox says, but pointed out that seniority should allow him to pick his shift. “I think they’ve come back and said he can work second shift,” Cox says.