Gay Chicago cop charged in beating of gay couple in Andersonville
CHICAGO — Former Chicago Police Sgt. Eric Elkins has been charged with aggravated battery for a beating in Andersonville back in Sept. 2018.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Tuesday that Elkins, 45, faces two counts of aggravated battery for the beating. John Sherwood and his partner Tom Stacha were attacked on Sept. 29, both being hospitalized with severe injuries. They are suing Elkins and his boyfriend as defendants.
“It’s a code of silence. They protect their own,” said Timothy Cavanagh, Sherwood and Stacha’s attorney in the lawsuit, back in February. “They had probable cause to arrest (Elkins) weeks ago. But because it’s a Chicago police sergeant, nothing.”
The Sun-Times reported that Cook County Circuit Judge John F. Lyke Jr. set bail at $250,000. If he can post 10 percent of the bail, he will be allowed to return to Fort Lauderdale, where he now lives, as long as he wears an electronic monitoring device. Elkins resigned from the CPD in January.
Elkins’ lawyer Joel Brodsky told the newspaper that the bail amount “mind-boggling” and proof of “an anti-police bias that is flowing.”
Elkins, who had 35 complaints against him in his 19 year career with the CPD, will still get his full pension after his resignation despite the charges and active investigations.
Sherwood said at a news conference on Tuesday that he was happy there were charges but questioned why it took seven months.