Observe and Retort: NIU's campus police chief Donald Grady was been placed on 30-day paid leave following an investigation into his conduct. The hero of the NIU shooting incident was called out in a student written editorial that accuses Grady of not working with other police departments, shunning the media, and "using intimidation tactics to expand his power within the administration."
Northern Illinois University police chief Donald Grady will be reinstated following a two-month investigation into allegations that he intimidated the editor of the student newspaper, the Chicago Tribune reports.
A special panel "found no evidence of misconduct or inappropriate actions" from the 56-year-old, who was placed on paid leave in October following allegations that he intimidated Northern Star editor-in-chief Justin Weaver during an interview.
On Oct. 8, a scathing editorial was published accusing Grady -- who was at the center of the school's Feb. 14 shooting last year -- of "using intimidation tactics to expand his power within the administration," prompting school officials to look into the allegations.
The Northern Star claimed Grady offered Weaver a position on the police force in exchange for a retraction of a story written about the controversial resignation of former NIU police officer Dexter Yarbrough -- who was discovered to have had sexual harassment claims made against him.