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Chicago cop fired for making money while on convalescent duty

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago Police officer has been fired for working as a bouncer at a nightclub — and participating in a "lube wrestling" event — while on convalescent-duty status.

Johnathan M. Maynard, 34, was a "flagrant abuser" of the department's medical roll, convalescent duty and secondary-employment programs, the Chicago Police Board found last month.

Maynard, an 11-year veteran, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he plans to sue the city to get his job back.

"There are people on the job who did much more serious things they were proven to do, compared to the less serious things I was accused of doing, and they kept their jobs," he told the Sun-Times.

Maynard also claims supervisors in the Town Hall District, where he worked, harassed him because he's gay.

His firing comes three years after the department launched a crackdown on violations of its medical policy.

The police board, which decides disciplinary cases involving cops, found Maynard worked as a fill-in bouncer for Hydrate Nightclub Chicago and Halsted's Bar and Grill between June 2008 and October 2009.

And on Nov. 22, 2007, he participated in "lube wrestling" at Hydrate, a gay nightclub at 3458 N. Halsted.

The security work and wrestling occurred while Maynard was on convalescent-duty status, a violation of department rules, the board said. He also wasn't supposed to work in a liquor establishment, the board found.

Maynard said he was put on convalescent duty after injuring his knee while he and another officer were trying to control an unruly drunk. Later, he suffered a head injury falling on ice and hurt his back in a car accident, he said.

Maynard acknowledged the wrestling, but said he completed his therapy on his knee and was cleared to return to work three days later.

Maynard also said he was never paid for security work at the clubs, although he sometimes checked IDs as a favor for management.

But his former boyfriend — the chief operating officer of the clubs — presented records to the board showing Maynard was paid. Maynard responded that the records are bogus and his former boyfriend holds a grudge against him.

Maynard said another key witness — a woman who videotaped the lube wrestling — also has an "ax to grind."

She was a former tenant in his grandmother's apartment building and sued over a rent dispute. She filed the initial complaint against Maynard with the Independent Police Review Authority, he said.

"I have been singled out," Maynard said, adding that he doesn't have a disciplinary record and the department should have dealt with its concerns about him years ago.

But the board, in a unanimous decision, wrote that Maynard "shirked his duty to follow the rules" and covered up his misconduct.

Also last month, the board voted to fire Officer Roy Tan for allegedly switching price tags on merchandise at a North Side computer store on Jan. 19, 2011.

When a store security manager confronted him, Tan allegedly offered to give the manager a ride in a police helicopter in exchange for letting him go, the board said.

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