UPDATE: Mayor Responds to Rockford Police Union Formal Complaint

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey has responded to Rockford's Police Union's complaint against Police Chief Chet Epperson.

In a release, Mayor Morrissey says "Chief Epperson acted appropriately" in regards to an emergency call in October 2013.

For the full release, please see the attached document.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford's Police Union has filed a formal complaint with the Police and Fire Commission, claiming Chief Chet Epperson told the president of the NAACP not to cooperate with his officers during an emergency call in October 2013.

In a release, the union claims Chief Epperson “lacks understanding of the fundamentals of effective police work, but more importantly demonstrates his overall inability to effectively lead this department.”

The bargaining unit claims the chief inappropriately advised a Lloyd Johnston over the phone not to let officers into the home to conduct a welfare check. The union claims police were put in a potentially dangerous situation.

Johnston told 23 News in the past that the Chief never told him not to cooperate. We are still waiting back to hear from the Chief.

The union is now asking for an independent investigation. They have written letters to the board in the past, but were told they needed to put together a formal complaint in order for the case to move forward. This is that formal complaint.

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