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Chicago cops file suit with `explosive` allegations, claim abuse of power: EXCLUSIVE

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In a new lawsuit filed against Chicago and several members of its police department, two undercover Chicago narcotics officers claim their rights are being violated by high-ranking members of the department.

The lawsuit accuses 12 members of the Chicago Police Department of violating the first amendment, conspiracy, as well as violating the Illinois Whistleblower protection act.

Deputy Superintendent Debra Kirby - who just testified in the Anthony Abbate-bartender beating civil suit hearings – is named in the suit.

"It's been a roller coaster ride, it's been hell," says Daniel Echeverria, who has been a police officer for 13 years.

"How do you go to work for someone who is working against you? All because you were involved in an investigation that uncovered internal corruption," Shannon Spalding, a Chicago Police officer says.

Officers Shannon Spalding and Daniel Echeverria say they came upon information about two officers committing illegal activity on the job, one of which they say involved the alleged robbing of drug dealers.

The two say they cooperated with federal authorities and took the information through the proper channels in the department. They say, their identities were leaked by high ranking members of the department and that's when things changed.

"Every day I seemed to feel as though I was being punished more and more as time went by, with what I had done," explains Echeverria. "Which what I thought was the right thing."

The lawsuit claims the officers were moved from unit to unit and kept from entering their assigned police stations.

One meeting detailed in the lawsuit, alleges a sergeant told the officers, "you brought this baggage on yourselves" and "I don't want to tell your daughter you're coming home in a box because the team won't help you on the street."

"It destroys your life, your careers…doing right for the people in the city of Chicago it costs you a lot."

Attorneys for the officers say they hope this lawsuit will send a strong message to police management that this type of treatment will not be tolerated.

FOX Chicago reached out to the Chicago Police Department for comment, but they have not responded.


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