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Chicago Police Officers Placed On Desk Duty After Busting Drug Dealer In Internal Affairs Chief’s Car

Chicago, IL – The Chicago inspector general is investigating after two Chicago police officers were placed on desk duty after they arrested a drug suspect who threw 42 baggies containing heroin out of the window of a Lexus belonging to the head of the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) Bureau of Internal Affairs (video below).

The police report said the incident occurred at about 11:22 a.m. on Feb. 1 in the 500-block of North St. Louis Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, WMAQ reported.

Officers were conducting a narcotics investigation when 34-year-old Kenneth Miles approach a black SUV parked in the 3400-block of West Chicago Avenue, according to the police report.

The police report said the officers saw Miles bend down and stand up with a package in his hand that officers believed to be drugs, WMAQ reported.

Then officers saw Miles get into a silver Lexus parked in front of the black SUV and the car pulled away.

Officers attempted to stop the car in an alley nearby and that was when the police report said they saw Miles roll down the window and throw a multi-colored bag out of the Lexus, WMAQ reported.

Police recovered the package that contained 84 individual bags of a white powder that was suspected to be heroin.

Officers found a total of 42 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $6,300, according to the evidence inventory.

Miles was arrested and charged with felony possession of heroin, WMAQ reported.

Bodycam showed that after police put Miles in handcuffs, a woman who has since been identified as the niece of CPD Bureau of Internal Affairs Chief Yolanda Talley emerged from the vehicle.

The woman became furious when the officers told her they were taking the vehicle to impound and gave her an opportunity to get her belongings out of the Lexus.

“Don’t even worry about it. Don’t worry about it,” the woman said as she appeared to dial her phone. “My aunty is probably your boss. So don’t even worry about it.”

Then she started ranting about how they were taking her house keys and the officers separated a clump of keys to return to her, the video showed.

The officers also unlocked the backseat so she could retrieve her belongings from the back of the vehicle.

“My aunty is a police officer, too. This is her car!” the woman shrieked at the officers in the video.

“Uh uh, you’re playing us, right?” one of the officers replied as she snatched her house keys from his hand.

The video showed the officers told the woman what she needed to do to try to retrieve the car and left as the woman continued to mutter and refer to her aunt.

Police did not release the name of the woman in the video, WMAQ reported.

The police report said the investigation determined the owner of the vehicle “did not have any knowledge of said narcotics being inside the vehicle.”

Chief Talley was promoted to the head of internal affairs in December of 2021, WMAQ reported.

Her division is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct by officers.

The officers who took Chief Talley’s car were put on desk duty without any explanation, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

And while the report showed that the officers took Chief Talley’s Lexus to CPD’s Homan Square facility after the arrest, the car was never officially booked into impound.

It would have cost the internal affairs chief hundreds of dollars to get her car out of impound, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Allegations of misconduct or favorable treatment led to a complaint filed with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA).

However, COPA said the “alleged misconduct” was outside its jurisdiction and referred the matter to the city’s Inspector General’s Office, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Chicago police told WMAQ in a statement that “matter was immediately referred to the Inspector General for investigation.”

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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