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Daley Defends Weis for Sidelining Officers

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    Mayor Richard Daley on Tuesday defended Chicago's top cop for sidelining a police sergeant and six other officers during the investigation of alleged police battery.

    "That’s unacceptable conduct. That’s unacceptable here or anyplace else. I’m glad the superintendent did what is necessary," Daley said after dedicating a $10 million campus park at Marshall Metro High School.

    The incident that put the officers on administrative duty happened last week Monday, police sources told NBC Chicago, and included the sergeant and another officer striking a man while he was handcuffed.

    The Investigative Police Review Authority is looking into the case, but the sergeant's attorney told the Chicago Sun-Times that his client didn't do anything wrong.

    "This is the superintendent’s office putting the cart before the horse without any investigation," Kuzas said, according to the newspaper.

    The mayor has been an ardent supporter of the man he hand-picked to lead the Chicago Police Department in early 2008.  Daley recently defended Weis over a public meeting with West Side gang members and later showered him with praise when reports of low morale and unhappiness among the rank and file made headlines.