NIU Dismisses Police Chief

DEKALB, Ill. — Authorities at Northern Illinois University (NIU) fired police chief Donald Grady Tuesday, following allegations that the chief mishandled a sexual assault case.

The news comes three months after Grady was placed on paid leave in the wake of a case against former NIU officer Andrew Rifkin, who was charged with sexually assaulting a student. Witnesses testified that Rifkin and the student had a consensual relationship, which is against department policy, WDKB-FM reports. Although the statements were placed in Rifkin’s personnel file, they were never submitted to the DeKalb County State’s Attorney.

Praised for his role in dealing with the 2008 NIU shootings, which left five students and a gunman dead, Grady has lead the police force since 2001. He plans to appeal the dismissal, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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