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Sneed v. City of Harvey

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

December 19, 2013

ANDRE SNEED, Plaintiff,
v.
CITY OF HARVEY, a municipal corporation, ERIC KELLOGG, individually and as Mayor of the City of Harvey, BETTIE LEWIS, individually and as Corporation Counsel, DENARD EAVES, individually and as Chief of Police, LAVANDUS KIRKWOOD, individually and as Internal Affairs Investigator, CAMERON FORBES, individually and as Commander of Patrol, SANDRA ALVARADO, individually and as Secretary to the Chief, and MARCUS PATTERSON, individually and as Former Commander of Harvey Police, Defendants

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Andre Sneed (1:11-cv-06616), Plaintiff, Pro se, Chicago, IL.

For City of Harvey, a municipal corporation, Bettie Lewis, individually and as Corporation ounsel, Eric Kellogg, individually and as Mayor of the City of Harvey, Denard Eaves, individually and as Chief of Police, Lavandus Kirkwood, individually and as Inter Affairs Investigator (1:11-cv-06616), Defendants: Lawrence Jay Weiner, LEAD ATTORNEY, Devlin Joseph Schoop, Laner Muchin, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For Cameron Forbes, individually and as Commander of Patrol, Sandra Alvarado, individually and as Secretary to the Chief (1:11-cv-06616), Defendants: Devlin Joseph Schoop, LEAD ATTORNEY, Laner Muchin, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For Marcus Patterson, individually and as Former Commander of IAD (1:11-cv-06616), Defendant: Devlin Joseph Schoop, Laner Muchin, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

For Andre Sneed, Officer (1:11-cv-07082), Plaintiff: Patrick Joseph Walsh, LEAD ATTORNEY, Elliot R. Zinger & Associates, Chicago, IL.

For City Of Harvey, an Illinois Municipality (1:11-cv-07082), Defendant: Lawrence Jay Weiner, LEAD ATTORNEY, Devlin Joseph Schoop, Laner Muchin, Ltd., Chicago, IL.

OPINION

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MEMORANDUM OPINION

John F. Grady, United States District Judge.

Before the court is the defendants' motion for summary judgment. For the reasons explained below, we grant the defendants' motion in its entirety.

BACKGROUND

Pro se plaintiff Andre Sneed, a former City of Harvey police officer, has filed a sprawling ten-count complaint against the City of Harvey, its mayor, its corporation counsel, and various members of its police department. Sneed's contentious tenure at the Harvey Police Department (" HPD" ) began in May 2007 when he joined the department and was assigned to its Special Operations Unit (" SPU" ), a division responsible for investigating gang and drug crimes. (See Defs.' Local Rule 56.1 Stmt. of Undisputed Material Facts (" Defs.' Stmt." ) ¶ 4.)[1] Sneed claims that in 2008 he and former HPD police officer Archie Stallworth conducted a covert investigation of an alleged drug trafficker named Carlos Vargas. (See id.) Vargas was actually an undercover FBI agent and Stallworth was tried and convicted for agreeing to provide off-duty security for what Stallworth believed to be a large drug transaction. (See id. at ¶ 6); see also United States v. Stallworth,656 F.3d 721 (7th Cir. 2011) (affirming our denial of Stallworth's motion for a new trial).[2] Stallworth argued at trial that it was all just a misunderstanding. He was actually conducting his own sting of Vargas, and in support of that defense he relied on a report that Sneed had submitted to Commander Michael Neal in or around May 2008. See Stallworth, 656 F.3d at 725. Sneed contends that the report was " related" to the Vargas ...


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