Koschman Case Update: State Police Reversal on Investigating, Former Cop Said Vanecko Was Uncooperative
By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 5, 2011 2:12PM
David Koschman (image captured via NBC Chicago video)
Ronald Yawger, who was the lead detective in the original investigation, told the Sun-Times that Koschman's friends were unable to pick out Vanecko, who ran from the scene with a friend after throwing the punch, from a lineup; Vanecko's attorney Terence Gillespie never made his client available for an interview; and that Vanecko's other friends at the scene originally ran interference for him by originally telling police they didn't know him. As far as Vanecko's relationship to His Elective Majesty, Yawger said, “There’s no policeman in the city who would give two craps about the Vaneckos or the Daley family.” The Sun-Times also reports that Yawger, now an investigator in state Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office, was found not guilty in the mid-80s of providing security to a cocaine deal.
As for the State Police investigation into how the Police Department handled the Koschman case, that's not happening. Interim Director Patrick Keen called Dan Kirk, Chief of Staff for Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, to inform him that they would not be launching an independent investigation. We questioned whether the State Police, with former Alvarez chief investigator Hiram Grau taking over, could truly launch an independent investigation anyway (even though Grau said he would recuse himself). City Inspector General Joe Ferguson is still moving forward into his own investigation into the Police Department's handling of the Koschman case.