Oak Park pays $184K to injured cop

Officer suffered fracture to right fibula during scuffle

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The village of Oak Park reached a settlement agreement with police Officer Paul Fellows for $183,842, after he was put on permanent disability for an injury he suffered in 2015.

Fellows was injured while arresting a man suspected of stealing items from vehicles in the 600 block of South Kenilworth around midnight on March 31, 2015.

He will receive $147,052 for lost wages, and $36,768 will go toward attorney's fees, according to the settlement agreement. Attorney Thomas Morrissey represented Fellows in his claim against the village of Oak Park.

Fellows fractured his right fibula after being called to investigate the report of a three men "trying car doors" in the area.

The officer was interviewing a suspect in the 600 block of Kenilworth and asked him for identification, but he refused. Fellows attempted to handcuff the suspect and a scuffle ensued.

According to the police report, the suspect went down to a knee and landed on the officer's right foot. Fellows said he heard and felt two loud pops in his right leg, according to the report. The struggle continued and Fellows pepper-sprayed the man, causing him to comply.

Tyler Reilly was later identified as one of the men checking car doors to see if they were unlocked, but he was not charged with a crime due to lack of evidence.

He was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, obstructing identification and resisting a peace officer.


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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 20th, 2018 4:03 PM

I didn't say they did anything wrong. I said I have faith in them. Yes, am serious.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 19th, 2018 10:04 PM

And who said Fellows, or his attorney, or the FOP, or his doctor, or his mother for that matter, did anything wrong, Brian? Are you serious?

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 19th, 2018 9:22 PM

I have faith in Officer Fellows judgement.. I have faith in FOP Lodge 8 that wouldn't stir an officer wrong. I have faith in an attorney who would not risk their reputation bad outcome. I have faith in the parents,family doctor who would not advise him improperly. I have faith in the bar system that would protect Fellows with a check and balance. I am sorry he was injured. I wish him luck

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 19th, 2018 2:58 PM

And "for all we know," Fellows paid an attorney nearly $37,000 just because he liked the guy. But I doubt it. They don't rake up those kind of fees when everyone is cooperating with each other.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 19th, 2018 2:34 PM

For all we know Off. Fellows asked for the disability. A disability is not being screwed for reasons unknown. Fellows might have wanted out to start a new career and a different life.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 19th, 2018 1:38 PM

That said, FWIW, Tyler Reilly got two years in prison for the aggravated battery of Ofc. Fellows and three years for burglary. In the court record for anyone who cares to look.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 19th, 2018 11:23 AM

"That term" doesn't bother me a bit," Brian. If I'm wrong I'm wrong. My point is that yet another OP cop appears to have been screwed with for reasons unknown. That's the issue, not all the extraneous jabber.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 19th, 2018 10:01 AM

L..A. Times bombing 1910, he was charged with accepting a bribe, had an attorney speak for him for the start of the trial, and finished up the case with his strong narrative. A man who defends himself has a fool for a client.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 19th, 2018 9:52 AM

I might have it wrong, and I know that term bothers you, however Clarence Darrow was charged with some type of wworkers rights riot offense or attempt murder conspiracy in Appleton, Wisconsin. He has someone else defend him. Checking The Defense Never Rests now.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 19th, 2018 6:32 AM

I believe Clarence Darrow was the one doing the defending, but, whatever, maybe someone can look up the Reilly criminal case and see if he actually "got a pass." In any event, Oak Park lost the services of a good cop, who appears to have been treated unfairly, as so many police officers have by the current management.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 18th, 2018 12:49 PM

If only Tyler Reilly had posted a swastika on his iPhone, then he would be in trouble. Hurting a cop while trying to steal things, gets a free pass.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 17th, 2018 10:35 AM

Because he probably had no working knowledge of the language or no working knowledge of the short term and long term aspects of the case. Clarence Darrow had someone defend him. Usually the sum is determined, and then fees added to the sum.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 16th, 2018 11:16 PM

The question should be, why did Fellows require an attorney to recoup his lost wages, suffered as a result of an injury suffered while in the line of duty.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: November 16th, 2018 10:29 PM

Do we know if the suspect was ever brought to trial on these charges?

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