Criminal charges won't be filed in internal affairs document shredding case

SANGAMON COUNTY - The Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor has announced that it will not pursue criminal charges in regards to the alleged shredding of internal affairs documents at the Springfield Police Department.

Authorities say the OSAAP was appointed as a special prosecutor by the Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit to determine whether there was enough evidence to file criminal charges in relation to the alleged shredding.  Officials say a group of experienced prosecutors worked with the Illinois State Police to gather and analyze as much evidence, which included interviews, depositions, audio tapes, digital data, electronic communications, and computer files, as possible.

Authorities say in addition to the evidence, any state laws that could be applied, which includes but is not limited to, the Freedom of Information Act, the State Records Act, the Local Records Act, and multiple sections of the Illinois Criminal Code, were also analyzed.  Consideration of the following crimes were included in the analysis of the Illinois Criminal Code;

- Tampering with a Public Record
- Theft
- Conspiracy/Accountability
- Official Misconduct

According to the Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor, the exhaustive investigation determined that there was not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges. 
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