A Forest Park resident filed a federal civil suit, June 9, against Forest Park Police Officer Scott McClintock and the village of Forest Park, alleging McClintock “physically attacked” him and knocked out his teeth in 2015. The man, Tyrone Roney, is seeking unspecified monetary damages.
The suit, filed with the United States District Court’s Northern District of Illinois, comes about two months after Roney was found not guilty in a separate criminal case stemming from the same initial 2015 incident. That case was decided on April 4, 2017.
On June 15, 2015, the suit says, Roney was in a “landlord discussion” at his residence at 516 Desplaines Ave., just across the street from the Forest Park Police Department, 517 Desplaines Ave.
McClintock, the suit claims, eventually showed up. He and Roney, who was at the top of the stairs of his residence, started talking. McClintock, the suit says, began “to yell and scream” at Roney before he “charged up the stairs and attacked Roney. Then, the suit contends, McClintock arrested Roney for aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and battery, as a “cover up.”
The April 4 ruling found Roney not guilty. On June 16, Roney’s attorney, Greg Kulis of Kulis & Associates Ltd., said his client deserves restitution.
“He’s entitled to be compensated for the wrongs committed to him by the officer,” Kulis said, referring to Roney. “He’s saying you shouldn’t have knocked my teeth out. He’s saying I shouldn’t have had to fight criminal charges for two years.”
The suits states that Roney and McClintock “knew each other before” the 2015 arrest. Kulis declined to elaborate.
“I don’t want to go into those facts,” Kulis said. “But McClintock knew who he was.”
A 2011 Forest Park Review police blotter shows Forest Park police arrested a 55-year-old man named Tyrone Roney for hit-and-run. It is unclear if it is the same man.
In an email to the Review, Police Chief Thomas Aftanas declined comment, citing the ongoing lawsuit.