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Frankfort Cop Arrested for Battery in Mokena

Mokena police said Frankfort Police Officer Donald Walsh choked and headbutted a woman, leading to a charge of domestic battery on July 25.

Frankfort police officer Donald Walsh, 29, was arrested in Mokena and charged with domestic battery July 25, after allegedly choking and headbutting a woman, Sun-Times Media reports.

Mokena police said they responded to a 9-1-1 call at 3:48 a.m. on the 11500 block of Stratford Road, from a 9-year-old girl who heard her mother screaming. When officers arrived on the scene, the victim, a 31-year-old woman with whom Walsh had an on-and-off dating relationship, approached them from a neighbor's home and told them that Walsh was inside the woman's home with a gun to his head and that he had threatened to kill himself, Mokena police said.

Officers made contact with him at the front door, detained him, and determined that a domestic battery had taken place, police said. Walsh was taken into custody, processed, and transported to Will County Jail, police said. Walsh posted bail and was released later on Wednesday, according to the Sun-Times Media report.

Frankfort Police Chief John Burica declined to comment on the incident, calling it a personnel issue.

"It's an open investigation, so he's on administrative leave until the investigation's closed," Burica said.

According to police reports, Walsh had texted the woman earlier in the night and told her he would be over around midnight, but didn't show up until about an hour before police were called. Police said the couple argued about text messages, and that Walsh demanded to see the woman's phone. When he couldn't unlock the phone to view it, Walsh proceeded to choke the woman, strike her with the bottom of his right fist, and head-butt her, police said. According to police reports, the woman sustained bruising and other injuries.

According to Mokena police, Walsh gave a conflicting statement about the incident, claiming that the woman had attacked him and that he had only tried to restrain her. However, the victim's daughter stated that she went into the bedroom and saw him on top of her mother, choking and punching her, police said.

Mokena police said they had no record of previous incidents of domestic violence in relation to Walsh.

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Anna Schier October 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Pap and Concerned, I met with Frankfort Deputy Chief of Police Kevin Keegan today and can relay the following information about Donald Walsh's termination hearing: A hearing was held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. However, Walsh has not yet been terminated. The matter has been referred to a Will County Court judge, because a court order is required for a specific testimony to be heard. Another hearing will be scheduled as soon as the court order is obtained. If the court order cannot be obtained, the hearing will still continue. A notice about the hearing was posted on the police department window. Another notice was also given to village administration, although Deputy Chief Keegan did not know when and where the second notice was posted. I have contacted the lawyer representing the Frankfort Board of Police and Fire Commissioners, but have not yet received a response. I have also contacted the village administration about when and where they posted the second notice, but have not received a response. I also contacted the Acting Public Access Counselor with the Attorney General's office, but have not received a response. As I learn more, I'll continue to relay information to this comment thread. Thanks! Anna
Anna Schier October 23, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Pap and Concerned, I know it's been awhile since I last posted on this thread, but I did not forget about your questions. I now have more information about the termination hearing and how the public was notified. I will continue to monitor that status of the second hearing, and when the board makes a decision regarding the termination of Donald Walsh, I will report it. I also spoke with village administrator Jerry Ducay, who told me the hearing agenda was posted on the door of the village administration building, but was not posted on the village website. I have examined the public notice section of the Open Meetings Act statute available on the website of the Illinois attorney general. It states the following: "A public body that has a website that the full-time staff of the public body maintains shall post notice on its website of all meetings of the governing body of the public body." However, after reading this, I was informed by Mr. Ducay that the Frankfort Board of Police and Fire Commissioners, who conducted the hearing, do not take any direction from the village board and are charged with tasks separate from the public body of the village, although they are appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the village board. Therefore, the Open Meetings Act as it applies to the public body of the village does not apply to the Frankfort Board of Police and Fire Commissioners. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Anna
Concerned October 29, 2012 at 09:03 PM
So is this guys still getting paid by the village of Frankfort??? Why is the village trying to cover everything up?
Jfk November 06, 2012 at 05:00 AM
"Walsh, who is on administrative leave without pay, is scheduled to appear in Will County court Nov. 13 on domestic battery charges." From Daily Southtown
Steve Macri December 28, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Have to be 21 to be a police officer in the state of Illinois. Please get you facts straight before you post ignorant comments.

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