False Arrest Lawsuit Settled Outside Court with Des Plaines

A woman who claimed she was arrested without justification and held at the police station until she signed a consent form to search her residence has received a settlement check from the City of Des Plaines, Journal and Topics Newspapers reported.

The City of Des Plaines has reached an out-of-court settlement with a woman who was suing three Des Plaines police officers for falsely arresting her and forcing her to sign a consent form to search her home in 2009, Journal and Topics Newspapers reported. John Bueno, one of three officers named in Stacy Sandoval’s complaint, was terminated from the department in March for reasons the city has not made public.

In a separate complaint, a DuPage man is suing the City of Des Plaines and officers Bueno and Andy Contreras for punching and kicking him while he was handcuffed.

Bueno filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in which former Deputy Police Chief Richard Rozkuszka was accused of making discriminatory comments regarding Bueno’s Hispanic heritage in 2011.

officers including Bueno.

Rozkuszka is accused in another lawsuit of breaking up a marriage and defaming the former husband.

Bueno is expected to appeal his termination at an arbitration hearing in November.

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