CHICAGO– A Chicago police rookie was arrested over the weekend after allegedly attacking a Schiller Park police officer during a traffic stop in the northwest suburbs, but no criminal charges have been brought against her.
Rookie Denisse Balseca “pushed, punched, scratched and kicked” the officer when she was arrested in the 4100 block of West Grace Street at approximately 2:10 a.m. after hitting a sidewalk, according to Deputy Police Chief Joseph DeSimone.
The officer chose not to pursue criminal charges against Balseca, 27, even though he suffered a laceration in his left arm, DeSimone said.
Instead, she was cited for violating court orders for assault and battery and resisting or obstructing a police officer and received tickets for improper lane use and no insurance, DeSimone said. Violations of the order both carry a maximum fine of $750.
The citations were based on Balseca’s refusal to provide identifying information and his attempts to stop the arrest, according to DeSimone, who noted that cops “have the discretion to charge suspects with the charges they deem appropriate”.
“I cannot speak for the officer in this case,” he added.
After her arrest, DeSimone said Balseca was “treated and then released.”
Last Thursday, Chicago Police Sgt. Michael Vitellaro has been charged with felony official misconduct and aggravated assault after he was filmed kneeling on the back of a 14-year-old outside a Starbucks in Park Ridge.
The charges were filed more than a month after the July 1 incident.
The Civilian Police Accountability Office, which investigates allegations of serious misconduct against Chicago police officers, was notified of Balseca’s arrest and referred the matter to the police department’s Office of Internal Affairs, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Rottner.
A police spokesperson confirmed the investigation but would not comment further.
City records list Balseca as a police officer earning $54,672 a year, the amount a trainee officer begins to earn. She could not be reached immediately.
Balseca’s hearing regarding the violations of the order is scheduled for September 21, followed by another hearing in traffic court on October 6.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2021.)