UPDATE: Former South Beloit Police Sergeant Found Not Guilty in Tasing Case

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UPDATE: SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) -- A former South Beloit cop is found not guilty of armed violence, aggravated battery, and official misconduct, but his attorney says it's too late, Brad McCaslin's career has already been ruined.

"He acted absolutely properly. He was a good cop and it cost him his career. These charges cost him his career. There is zero merit to the charges and Judge Truitt basically in effect said that," McCaslin’s attorney, Ed Light, said.

Prosecutors said McCaslin acted improperly in May 2008 when he used a Taser on Veronica McIntyre while she was in handcuffs and shackles at the South Beloit Police Department. McCaslin said McIntyre, who was drunk at the time, kept standing up and tried moving away from the bench she was shackled to.

The former officer says after repeatedly telling her to sit down he used the Taser on her for her own safety so she wouldn't fall down.

"If she were to fall or stumble like she had exhibited numerous times I can only imagine that leg iron tripping up her one free leg or the way she was jerking herself to the full extent to be pulled back and fall and hit her head on the edge of the bench or the concrete floor," McCaslin said while testifying during the trial.

Prosecutors wouldn't comment on the verdict because McCaslin still faces other charges, including destroying evidence and filing a false insurance claim.

Tom Fern, South Beloit’s former police chief who was seen in the video choking McIntyre pleaded guilty in August 2013 for official misconduct as part of a plea deal.


UPDATE: SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) – The trial for a former South Beloit police sergeant accused of tasing a handcuffed woman is underway.

Brad McCaslin appeared in front of a judge today facing several charges including armed violence, obstruction of justice, and official misconduct. The charges come from a video that allegedly shows McCaslin forcing a woman onto a bench and then tasing her even though she’s already in handcuffs.

A judge will decide McCaslin’s fate after video surfaced in 2008 of what appears to be the former sergeant pushing Veronica McIntyre onto a bench and tasing her while her hands were cuffed behind her back while former South Beloit Police Chief Tom Fearn restrains her in a choke hold.

McCaslin, Fearn, and former South Beloit Mayor Randy Kirichkow were charged back in April 2011 following an 11-month investigation. Right now, McCaslin is the only one still facing charges related to the alleged violence against McIntyre.


April 29, 2011

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We have an update on a case involving shocking surveillance footage of South Beloit Police officers mishandling a suspect in custody.

Long lists of charges have been filed against not only those officers but South Beloit's former mayor. The suspect is asking for justice too.

In 2008 South Beloit Sgt. Brad McCaslin is shown using a taser on a woman who is already in custody, shortler there after the former police chief at the time also uses excessive force against the already restrained woman.

Today the state's attorney’s office, after an eleven month investigation, released charges against three people involved.

Former Sgt. Brad McCaslin, who was recently fired, is charged with 14 different counts including 6 counts of official misconduct and two counts of armed violence.

Former Police Chief Tom Fern has been charged with 8 different counts also including 2 counts of armed violence, which is punishable by a possible six to 30 years behind bars.

Former South Beloit Mayor Randy Khirckow is also being charged for misconduct and obstruction of justice. When asked why, Winnebago County States Attorney Joe Brusacto responded, "Charges of obstruction of justice and official misconduct involved is to having knowledge of what went on May 8th, 2008 and failure to report those matters."

All three men have turned themselves in and recently been released on bond, but this is not where the story ends. Veronica McIntyre, the woman in the video, is also filing charges against the two officers in the video for a violation of her rights. veronica declined to speak on camera but her attorney says these actions should not go unpunished.

"We felt it was important to one, make a public record of their misconduct and the way the treated Veronica on that day. And two, statue of limitations is in my belief a affirmative offense that can be raised by the defendants."

The law suit was filed on Wednesday poses seven counts in all.

The Winnebago county states attorney's office says the investigation is on-going and they are not ruling out the possibility of more charges.

All three men are expected in court on may eleventh.


April 29, 2011

Full charges list from the Winn. Co. State's Attorney:

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced today that charges regarding the City of South Beloit investigation have been filed against:

-Bradley McCaslin
1 Count of False Insurance Claim
Class 2 Felony 3-7 years DOC, Probation Eligible

1 Count of Aggravated Battery
Class 3 Felony 2-5 years DOC, Probation Eligible

6 Counts of Official Misconduct
Class 3 Felony 2-5 years DOC, Probation Eligible

2 Counts of Obstructing Justice
Class 4 Felony 1-3 years DOC, Probation Eligible

2 Counts of Theft
Class 2 Felony 3-7 years DOC, Probation Eligible

2 Counts of Armed Violence
Class X Felony 6-30 years DOC

-Thomas R. Fearn
1 Count of Agg. Battery/Great Bodily Harm
Class 3 Felony 2-5 years DOC, Probation Eligible

3 Counts of Official Misconduct
Class 3 Felony 2-5 years DOC, Probation Eligible

2 Counts of Obstruction of Justice
Class 4 Felony 1-3 years DOC, Probation Eligible

2 Counts of Armed Violence
Class X Felony 6-30 years DOC

-Randall Kirichkow
2 Counts of Obstruction of Justice
Class 4 Felony 1-3 years DOC, Probation Eligible

2 Counts of Official Misconduct
Class 3 Felony 2-5 years DOC, Probation Eligible

The Illinois State Police did conduct an investigation. The investigation was from May 24, 2010 to the present. The investigation is ongoing and therefore other charges are a possibility.

These changes are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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