The disgraced former Oak Brook cop son of disgraced former Bolingbrook cop (and current murder defendant) Drew Peterson claims in a $10 million lawsuit his rights were violated when he was fired, according to a story in the Sun-Times.
Stephen Peterson, who was fired in February 2011, is suing in federal court. He is going after former Oak Brook Police Chief Thomas Sheahan, Fire and Police Board Chairman Frederick Cappetta and the Village of Oak Brook.
The three-man Oak Brook Fire and Police board voted as a bloc in 2011 to ax Stephen Peterson from the department he had worked at for more than six years. Sheahan had charged Stephen Peterson with obstructing investigators, possession of an unlawful weapon, and failing to keep an internal investigation confidential. The board cleared Stephen Peterson of the last two allegations but found him guilty of the first one.
Stephen Peterson is also waging a court battle to get back his job. He is being represented in that action by Fraternal Order of Police attorney Tamara Cummings.
According to the Sun-Times story, Stephen Peterson is claiming "violation of due process under the 14th Amendment, tortuous interference with advantageous business relations, breach of contract, defamation and slander, and intentional infliction of emotional distress."
Drew Peterson is set to go to trial in less than two weeks on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Drew Peterson is also suspected of possibly killing his missing fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
Stephen Peterson is the son of Drew Peterson's first wife, Carol Hamilton, who is neither missing nor slain.