Baseball Board Resigns Over Cop Killer Coach

Slain cop's son discovers dad's killer coaching youth baseball

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    7/30/2014: Slain cop's son discovers dad's killer coaching youth baseball, pressures board to resign. NBC 5's Lauren Jiggetts reports. (Published Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014)

    The son of slain Chicago police officer was successful in pressuring board members of a Hegewisch Babe Ruth baseball league to resign after discovering one of the men who killed his father coaching in the league.

    All of the members of the board agreed to resign from their positions after a three-hour meeting Wednesday night except for the treasurer, who's only been in the position for a month.

    Joey Mathews was 4 years old when his father -- Chicago Police officer John Mathews -- was beaten to death by several men in 1988.

    Mathews learned in June that one of those men, Dean Chavez, was coaching in the local Babe Ruth Baseball program.

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    7/29/2014: Joey Mathews wants Babe Ruth League board members dismissed and changes to be made in bylaws. NBC 5's Regina Waldroup reports. (Published Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014)

    He says the league tried to brush the matter under the rug when he brought it up and Chavez was forced to resign after Mathews took the matter to the national Babe Ruth officials.

    Wednesday's meeting was held at Steve's bar, and Mathews had an impressive show of support when he walked in, with current and retired police officers, family and friends surrounding the building to send a message.

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    In this archival footage from 1988, police search for three suspects in the fatal beating of Chicago Police officer John Matthews. After serving his sentence, one of the men was discovered coaching Little League in the same neighborhood as Matthew's son, who was four when his dad was killed. (Published Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014)

    Under the terms of Wednesday's agreement, the board members will still be eligible to coach in the baseball league and there will be more community involvement in who selects board members.

    Mathews would also like the local and national Babe Ruth bylaws to be changed so it doesn't happen again.

    The bylaws currently only cover rejecting potential coaches convicted of a sexual offense or an offense against a minor, according to Mathews.