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Lawsuit against Schaumburg cops moves to federal court

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A civil lawsuit filed against two of the three former Schaumburg narcotics officers accused of stealing and selling illegal drugs is moving to federal court.

Christopher Nelson is suing against the two former officers and the Village of Schaumburg. Nelson claims that in August 2012, he was arrested and sentenced to prison after former officers John Cichy and Terrance O'Brien planted drugs and other paraphernalia on his person during an illegal search.

The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court April 18, but attorneys for the village filed a petition Tuesday asking the suit be moved to U.S. District Court.

While at a bar on about Aug. 7, 2012, Nelson and his friend Cesar Hernandez stepped outside to talk as Hernandez smoked a cigarette, the suit states.

Shortly after, they decided to leave. The two were in their separate cars, parked close to each other, when Cichy and O'Brien "converged" on the cars with their weapons drawn, the suit states.

Nelson claims that Cichy and O'Brien then arrested the two, planting cocaine, a digital scale and small plastic bags on his person.

Nelson is seeking more than $50,000 in damages in the five-count suit, which accuses the village and two officers of false arrest, violation of due process, conspiracy, negligent supervision and indemnification.

A Schaumburg police spokesman previously declined to comment on the pending litigation.

The third officer accused of stealing and selling illegal drugs, Matthew Hudak, was not named in the suit.

More than a dozen people convicted of various drug offenses after being arrested by Hudak, Cichy and O'Brien have been cleared of charges since the officers were arrested on federal charges last January.

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