LYNWOOD | Backers of a police officer who lost his job after his squad car was stolen have created an Internet-based petition calling on Lynwood to give him his job back.
A Cook County judge has ruled the village’s Police and Fire Board overreacted when it fired Joseph Marigliano for a December 2012 incident. Judge Mary L. Mikva has said the village could have suspended Marigliano, and she gave the Police Board chances to change their action.
But the Police Board has refused to do so, and attorney Timothy Lapp has said the village intends to challenge Mikva’s ruling in the Illinois appellate court. The issue will come up again in Mikva’s courtroom at the Daley Center in Chicago on Thursday.
That caused Marigliano supporters to create a petition on the Change.org website. It is titled, “Obey the court’s decision and allow Officer Marigliano to return to his duties as a Lynwood, Illinois, police officer.”
The petition is dated May 24, and says the village should comply with Mikva’s court order.
“The board reports to (Village President Gene) Williams, who should support police officers who do the right thing and protect the public,” the petition reads. “This means following the court order.”
Marigliano said he was aware of the petition, but had nothing to do with its creation. He said it was done by former colleagues who remain his friends. “It’s nice to see they support me like that,” he said.
Christopher Cooper, an attorney appointed for Marigliano by the Fraternal Order of Police, said he likes the idea of the petition because it helps publicize the issue on a larger scale. It also shows village officials evidence that people support Marigliano because Change.org officials send periodic email messages informing them of the petition.
“Every time they get that email, they learn there is more and more support for Marigliano than they want to admit,” Cooper said.
As of Monday, 145 people had signed the petition.
Lapp said he was unaware of the petition effort, but also not surprised that some people would sign the effort.
“I would expect that the rank-and-file of the Police Department who know him would sign,” Lapp said.