An off-duty Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officer has been sued by two Chicago men who allege they were brutally beaten by the officer and others outside @mosphere nightclub in Andersonville on Sept. 29, according to reports.
The suit, filed Oct. 1 according to Cook County Circuit Court records, alleges that Officer Eric Elkins and others attacked Chicagoans John Sherwood and his partner Tomasz Stacha that evening. Sherwood suffered a compound leg fracture, among other injuries, after the episode.
Chicago Sun-Times reported that Elkins had a number of other complaints against him; he has been relieved of policing duties and on desk duty as CPD investigates a 2015 episode in Michigan that resulted in his pleading guilty to assault and battery and disorderly conduct-jostling. Charges of misdemeanor sexual conduct involving a teenager 13-15 years old against Elkins had been dropped after he pled guilty to the other charges.
Three others, as well the @mosphere bar owners, are named in Sherwood and Stacha's lawsuit.
The Chicago Sun-Times' report on Elkins is at chicago.suntimes.com/news/chicago-police-eric-elkins-sex-crimes-charges-teenage-boys-never-disciplined/ .