Chicagocivilian Posted December 11, 2020 at 03:32 PM Share Posted December 11, 2020 at 03:32 PM I would definitely let the ISP know that there has been a few cases where police officers have shot their selves wearing that same jacket with the bungee. Google and youtube and you will see what I'm talking about.Just wanted to share my story regarding my CCL renewal and an objection that was filed- In Oct 2019 I accidentally let my CCL expire and instead of renewing, had to start with a fresh application including classes, etc. I took my time and finally submitted my CCL renewal to the State in July (w/prints) my FOID is valid for another 5 years...After several emails and voicemails I receive a letter stating there was an LEA objection which shocked me. My record is 100% clean and clear and I just had an ISP background check 2 weeks ago for the purchase of a new Glock for the range. Anyways, I found out what the objection was and it's literally ridiculous. 5 years ago I finished cleaning my new Glock 42 (conceal carry) after breaking it in at the range. Upon re-holstering into it's kydex sheath the gun discharged to my shock. In retrospect what happened was a freak occurrence: I was wearing a light jacket that had a bungee drawstring with plastic clamps on each side. The perfect storm took place when the black plastic circular clamp hanging on the cord seemingly wedged into the trigger guard as I was re-holstering and created enough force to essentially "pull" the trigger. Thankfully I always re-holster carefully with the barrel pointed away from me and towards the floor. There was 10 inches of concrete in my condo thankfully and a .380 barely made it through the inch of carpet lol. After the gun went off I figured I would play it safe and call 911 to report an accidental discharge in case any neighbors called in due to the loud noise. I found out later no one had called in (sounded like a door slamming to be honest) I told the dispatch operator what had happened, that I was the legal and registered owner of the firearm, and I was safe and the round had been accounted for. She thanked me for calling and said she doubted the police would want to stop by. Well... 10 minutes later 2 bozo CPD officers show up and ask to look around. I let them in and re-explain what happened. I showed them my FOID and CCL and they saw the round hadn't penetrated past the carpet. To my shock they put cuffs on me and told me I was being arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm! I couldn't believe it. They took me to the 18th district where the watch commander apologized to me for such a stupid arrest and told me I should never have been brought in. Several cops came by and asked if I was the guy who called the cops on myself, laughing. One Lt. told me that he knew I was a stand up and honest guy trying to do the right thing by calling in and reporting the discharge, but that you should never, ever, call the police on yourself, even if you've committed no criminal act. He said no one else had called in to complain of a gun shot and if they had I should have told any responding officers I didn't know what they were talking about, etc. and not let them in-they would never bother trying to obtain a warrant if everything seemed OK. I swear to God he actually told me this. Another officer told me the cops at that district regularly discharge their firearms while holstering and re-holstering and they never write any of them up. Long story short, my case was dismissed by a judge who found the arrest ridiculous and my file was expunged- in fact I was later told I was never actually entered into the system or technically booked because the officer processing intake felt bad for me and thought it was NOT an arrestable offense at all. So, the objection stated "reckless discharge, individual accidentally fired gun into the floor" or something like that. I responded the the ISP online explaining what happened in full and the ridiculous nature of the objection but am wondering if I need to go through all the pain in the a** trouble of getting a copy of the report and trying to get it corrected/amended to properly reflect that it was in fact NOT a reckless discharge at all and no crime was committed. I was told to request a recording of the 911 call and open an internal affairs investigation if they are unwilling to help. My status is still showing under review as I just submitted my reply/response yesterday. Anyone here have any suggestions of how I should proceed? Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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