The Chicago Police Department is investigating one of their own for helping three young girls he found living in an abandoned Englewood home.
Realizing that the three girls and their grandmother were living in squalor, Chicago Police Sergeant Charles Artz launched an effort to raise money to get the girls’ guardian -Dolores Anderson- and her three granddaughters back on their feet.
The girls, known as the ‘Englewood Angels,’ were found living in deplorable conditions in an abandoned home.
“They’ve been doing very well, picking up weight, eating good, sleeping better,” the 53-year-old grandmother said.
Anderson said if it weren’t for Sgt. Artz and the officers of the 7th District, she would be homeless and the girls would be in foster care.
However, due to violating a department policy forbidding the use of fundraising for any purpose, Artz is under investigation by CPD’s Internal Affairs, something Chicago Police Sergeant’s Union President Jim Ade says is absurd and damaging to police morale.
“Take a guy running across the street saving someone from a burning building and three months later he gets a ticket for jay walking, that is what the department is doing,” he said, noting that Artz’s record is now tarnished.
Community activists are standing up in support of Artz, as well as other officers for bending the rules to do right.
“He didn’t discharge his weapon on nobody, he didn’t beat nobody, he didn’t curse at nobody, I mean, he stepped out to help some babies,” Andrew Holmes, community activist, said.
According to ABC7, even if Artz is cleared of wrongdoing, he will always have a complaint on his record.