Glenview settles suit over police testimony that contradicted videotape

Glenview has agreed to pay $95,000 to settle an incident where the court testimony of village police officers contradicted the videotape of a 2013 drug arrest.

Federal District Judge Thomas Durkin dismissed a federal civil rights lawsuit related to the incident on July 2, and it cannot be reintroduced.

Glenview police originally took the witness stand to testify about the June 2013 arrest of Glenview resident Joe Sperling at Cook County Courthouse in Skokie March 31.

According to court transcripts, all five officers said they stopped Sperling, 23, on the pretense of a traffic violation, and requested his driver’s license and insurance.

The officers said they next let Sperling walk to the rear of his vehicle, and removed a duffel bag containing 1 pound of marijuana from the backseat.

After that, they arrested and cuffed Sperling, the officers testified.

Sperling’s attorney, however, played a police car video that showed officers removing Sperling from the vehicle and handcuffing him right away, then finding the bag in the backseat.

The arrest took place near Tall Tree Road and East Lake Avenue, a few blocks from Sperling’s home.

Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn immediately said she was granting Sperling’s attorney’s motion to throw the case out.

“State, I expect you to do something about this, and to talk to all the superiors involved in this case,” she said.

“All of the officers lied on the stand today!”

All five were veteran law enforcement officers.

Two were Glenview Officer Jim Horn and Sgt. Theresa Urbanowski. Assigned to the Chicago Narcotics Division were officers Vince Morgan and William Pruente and Sgt. James Padar.

The Chicago police officers had Sperling under surveillance and followed him into Glenview. They partnered with Glenview officers for the arrest.

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