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October 20, 2014, 6:14 am
970 WMAY News

EXCLUSIVE: Former Springfield Cop Fired from Southern View Police Department



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Southern View, Illinois

A former Springfield police officer who quit his post amid a cloud in early 2008 has been fired from another local police department.

 

The village board of Southern View voted last Tuesday to fire Zeid Langan from the police force for not following police department procedure.  
 
According to Village Clerk Judy Gordon, Langan was a part-time employee still on probation before being let go.  
 
Langan was sworn in February 29th and let go March 27th.  No further information was available about the nature of his termination.  
 
Ongoing investigation
 
970 WMAY News confirmed the Sangamon County States Attorney's is investigating a police report involving a Southern View Police Officer, but would not identify the individual or discuss the nature of the alleged offense.  States Attorney John Milhiser no charges have been filed at this time.  A Freedom of Information Act request has been sent to the Sangamon County Sheriff's Department for that police report.
 
Langan's time with SPD
 
Langan has a history working in law enforcement.  He worked for The Springfield Police Department nearly three years from March 2005 to early 2008 when he quit after being investigated for paying a known prostitute for sex.  
 
The 2008 investigation concluded he gave money to a woman while on duty but was not charged because the money was given to the woman for alcohol, not sex.
 
The woman sued Langan, then SPD Chief Deputy Ralph Caldwell and the City of Springfield, for $50,000, according to a docket found on the Sangamon County Clerks searchable database (Case: 2009-L-000012). 
 
Background check?
 

Southern View Law Enforcement Trustee James Foster says Langan was not hired on from a pool of potential candidates or from a help-wanted advertisement "No, we don't do that."

 

Foster says Southern View hires police officers through recommendations from "another police officer, the chief or whoever, and that's what we do and that's how we got him and we let go of him because he did not follow procedures."

 

Case in US District Court
 

Zeid Langan

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Langan is also the defendant in a US District Court case where he was accused of violating a man's constitutional rights.  

 

In that case the plaintiff accused several officers including Langan (then a Springfield Police officer) of arrest without just cause, use of excessive force, and conspiring to violate the plaintiff's constitutional rights.  

 

US District judge Jeanne Scott dismissed the charges against Langan for arrest without probable cause and conspiracy to restrict the plaintiff's constitutional rights.

 

However, another filing by Judge Scott denied Langan summary judgment.  Judge Scott says a jury must decide if Langan and another officer used excessive force on the plaintiff because there is no evidence of the defendants side of the story and medical reports indicated the plaintiff has lasting injuries.

"As a result of the beating, Fleck was diagnosed with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left leg, bone bruises, internal bleeding, a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and a complex tear of the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus in his left knee. One of Fleck's treating physicians stated that the damage to Fleck's left knee was permanent."
The plaintiff says he was handcuffed, mace had been used and the plaintiff was compliant when he claims Langan and another officer beat him.  That civil case has yet to be adjudicated.
 
Southern View Police Department
 
The village of Southern View has 1,640 people in the most recent census report, according to to the village clerk.  Trustee of Law Enforcement Foster says there are about eight police officers about five of which are part-time and three are full-time.
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