UPDATE: Former South Beloit Mayor sues the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office for malicious prosecution

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Updated November 29, 2018, 10:45 p.m.

UPDATE: SOUTH BELOIT, Ill.. (WIFR) -- A former South Beloit mayor is suing the Winnebago County State's Attorney’s Office for malicious prosecution after he and two other city officials were charged for mistreatment of an arrested woman back in 2008.

Nearly ten years ago, Randall Kirichkow and two South Beloit police officers were criminally charged after the officers tased a woman who was already in handcuffs and forced her head down and grabbed her throat. The case was dismissed but former mayor Kirichkow is suing the state's attorney's office for $50,000 in damages. The state's attorney's office is stepping down to allow the Illinois Attorney General's Office to take over the defense, which is standard procedure when the state's attorney's office is sued. A status conference for the case is set for January 10th.

“It is our understanding that when the attorney general enters their appearance on behalf of the state's attorney, they are likely going to file their own motion to dismiss based on the counts we filed and also some potentially some additional ones,” said chief of staff and civil bureau with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office David Kurlinkus.


Updated March 6, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

UPDATE: SOUTH BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) - The case against a former South Beloit mayor in regards to a 2008 arrest caught on surveillance video has been dismissed

Ex-Mayor Randy Kirichkow was one of three former South Beloit officials criminally charged for the mistreatment of an arrested woman in May of 2008.

The video shows former police Chief Tom Fearn grabbing the woman by the throat and forcing her head and neck down for more than a minute. The obstruction of justice and official misconduct charges against Kirichkow were recently dismissed.

Fearn pled guilty in 2013 and was sentenced to two years' probation. He also forfeited his right to own firearms.


UPDATE: SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. (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," said McCaslin’s attorney Ed Light.

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, Ill. (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

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (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, shortly thereafter 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 Kirichkow is also being charged with misconduct and obstruction of justice. When asked why, Winnebago County States Attorney Joe Bruscato 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, statute of limitations is, in my belief, an affirmative offense that can be raised by the defendants."

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday poses seven counts in all.

The Winnebago County States Attorney's Office says the investigation is ongoing and they are not ruling out the possibility of more charges.

All three men are expected in court on May 11.


April 29, 2011

Full charges list from the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office:

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 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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