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Officer Accused of Pulling Over Bus to Give Son Lunch

November 17, 2014  | 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is reportedly investigating a complaint alleging that an officer pulled over a school bus outside his jurisdiction to give his son lunch.

Lt. Brian Keller is accused of using his unmarked black Dodge Charger with emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop on a school bus around 7 a.m. Tuesday in Johnsburg in McHenry County, the Chicago Tribune reports, citing a Johnsburg police report filed by the bus driver.

The report alleges the "purpose of the stop was to issue his son his lunch for the day," NBC Chicago reports.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office said they are investigating the complaint, according to a statement from Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose.

Comments (23)

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Kurt @ 11/17/2014 3:42 PM

Wow!! This made headlines? Are you kidding me? Who gives a shi*. The pettiness of today's society sickens me. People find any and all reasons to complain about the police and everything else. I bet the kids on that school bus thought it was pretty cool and it probably made their day seeing a police dad do that. To the bus driver, get a life and find some other BS to complain about.

Philip @ 11/17/2014 4:22 PM

Really? Is that any different than some mom pulling along side and honking her horn to get him to pull over? Slow news day.

Jerry @ 11/17/2014 5:03 PM

Yes, there is a difference between a mom honking her horn and the bus pulling over and a cop misusing his duty vehicle for personal reasons and personal gain, using his office in an illegal capacity and inferring that he had lawful authority to stop the bus without any unlawful traffic or criminal violation. To top it all off he was outside of his jurisdiction. Its not like he was in hot pursuit! The bus driver was likely upset and scared (he did file a police report) and for good reason. No law abiding citizen likes to see those flashing red and blue lights in their rear view mirror. LEO's have a duty to represent the law and lead by example. This wasn't some rookie patrol officer, this was a LT..with years of experience. Does he light 'em up when he's late for bowling too? What else does he do that he thinks is just fine and dandy? A free lunch here and there? His conduct was illegal, immoral and plain wrong. He absolutely knew better and did it anyway. He should be disciplined.

xxxxx @ 11/17/2014 5:35 PM

Hey Jerry, F off you whiny little crybaby.

Capt. Crunch @ 11/17/2014 6:25 PM

I would have done the same thing as Lt Keller. That's not a big deal and like Kurt, said I bet the kids enjoyed the stop.

Desert Fuzz @ 11/17/2014 8:02 PM

People complain about the most stupid things. If you do some digging I can guarantee you that this bus driver has a general dislike for police and this probably isn't the first complaint this person has made. Some people just dislike or are jealous of anyone having authority over them. Like I tell all the whiners...if you think you can do the job better then please go fill out an application.

kevCopAz @ 11/17/2014 9:34 PM

I agree with Desert Fuzz, This is stupid, no big deal and the bus driver is obviously anti police. I bet if you look into the driver they have recently been cited or chastised by the PD. This is pay back. Yes, probably was not the smartest thing to do on the LTs part, but OK give him a note to his file and "don't do this again OK?". There end of story. If I were a cop there I would follow this bus driver all day during his/her shift (off duty) and make a list of the things that they did that were not exactly according to rules. Then "complain" about the driver, see how they like petty BS things like that. Grow up people, shit happens.

Canis Magnus @ 11/17/2014 11:45 PM

@Jerry, Lighten up Jerry, and for pete sakes get that stick out of your
a** !

BT @ 11/18/2014 4:17 AM

This isn't even news worthy. Hey Jerry, when did you return from
Furgeson MO. I would think the ACLU would want you to stay longer.
A verbal reprimand.....and move on!

Tac Guy @ 11/18/2014 4:53 AM

WOW! I can see the bus driver being nervous at first. I can picture some kids on the bus razzing the son, "Daddy brought you lunch". But for an official report to be filed and an officer being investigated over this is crazy. The kids on that bus got to see a nice officer (i.e. P.R.!!!) with a heart making sure his child had food that day. Maybe the bus driver had to explain why they were 2-5 minutes late dropping kids off at school, I dont know. I think there are a lot more serious issues to worry about than an officer out of his jurisdiction giving his child a lunch. Be safe blues!!!

Mike @ 11/18/2014 5:02 AM

it was ABUSE of power, uniform, badge, weapon, he KNEW better.

Arby @ 11/18/2014 5:19 AM

Not news worthy? Agreed. A dumb thing to do? Agreed. Kids liked it? Probably, (see Kurt & Capt Crunch remarks above). Bus driver has police issues? Most likely, (nearly all agree). Picayune complaint. Agreed, (see Desert Fuzz remark above). Valid complaint? Agreed, (see Jerry F remark above). Discipline? Agreed - verbal or at most written reprimand, move on, don't do it again, (see KevCopAZ remark above). Jerry started off on the right track and just went way beyond the finish line at full speed. People do complain about stupid things just because its the police. They'll come flying up behind an unmarked car, see the government tag, slow down, note the police car is 10 mph over the limit and call in a complaint about it - not saying how fast they were going when they caught up with it. It's the way of the world ladies and gentlemen. We don't have to "follow them around" and give tit for tat. What goes around will come around eventually on its own.

JT @ 11/18/2014 5:31 AM

I am honestly appalled at those that think the lieutenant's actions were justified. A traffic stop, outside of his jurisdiction, with the only purpose being personal in nature is an act that is improper at the least, and it undermines the authority all LEOs when they engage the blinky red and blues. If any of you can cite a policy in your jurisdiction where this type of action is acceptable, put it up here... As far as news worthy, you all know the media looks for reasons for us to screw up and blow it out of proportion. So do your profession a favor - don't intentionally do some bone-headed move that will have your co-workers asking you the rhetorical question, "Really?"

Silly @ 11/18/2014 6:29 AM

I bet you Andy would have done the same thing if Opie forgot his lunch. Man, what a bunch of whiny bitches. Waaa Waaa Waaa, "he was acting outside the scope of his legal authority", OMG STFU!

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/18/2014 6:35 AM

What a petty complaint.

Bill @ 11/18/2014 6:53 AM

So, what's the problem?
Sounds like people are looking for a reason to complain about cops, to me.

Richard Jellicoe @ 11/18/2014 10:38 AM

This is why traffic stops should not be made by unmarked vehicles. I can order over the internet all the emergency lights, sirens, uniforms and badges I need to pull anyone over.

To me, an unmarked vehicle could be anyone. When I look back in my mirror, when that emergency vehicle stops me it better have an emblem on the door when the "officer" exits

mike saunders @ 11/18/2014 10:53 AM

Here is the problem with this. There is more to this story. Lt Keller use to be a deputy chief until he went into roll call and threatened to shoot deputies if they didn't get with the program. He was also accused of pointing his rifle at a secretary. He has a long history of abuse of his power and is someone who should not be a police officer period. If you look at the totality of all his actions then this is just another thing in his jacket. The sad part about all of this is nothing will happen to the man because his dad has contributed thousands to the sheriff's campaign and has even publicly said that he would buy his son positions. The corruption in this office is beyond belief. And how do I know, I work for the department and its in such a state that if you worked here your head would roll. Everyone wants out expect those that paid their way up but have no idea how to run a department.

mike saunders @ 11/18/2014 11:18 AM

Same guy just was deputy chief

Sheriff @ 11/18/2014 3:23 PM

Hey Jerry! Let's also make it illegal for police and fire equipment to run their lights and sound their siren during parades. How about stopping a violator a second time as a result of them driving off before we give their paperwork back to them, should we suspend the officer for that as well? Keep it up stupid, before long no one will want to put up with a job trying to serve you. How about telling the officer "GOOD JOB" for being a good father. Making sure his son had his lunch leads me to believe he is a good police officer as well! We all can't be a perfect as you Jerry!

Jerry @ 11/18/2014 3:40 PM

It is obvious that most of you don't get it. Your idea of "professional conduct" is that its OK to break the law, scare civilians and misuse public equipment for personal reasons. You are exactly they type of guys that shouldn't be in public service because you put your unprofessional conduct and personal interests above the citizens and above the law and justify it because your a LEO.

SECguard @ 11/18/2014 9:02 PM

I understand the PR and officer lapse in judgement part of how this is an issue. But I dont why it needs this much attention.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/19/2014 12:25 AM

So [email protected], if this guy has done all of that why is he still a police officer?

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