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Frankfort Cop Arrested for Battery in Mokena

Mokena police said Frankfort Police Officer Donald Walsh choked and headbutted a woman, leading to a charge of domestic battery on July 25.

Frankfort police officer Donald Walsh, 29, was arrested in Mokena and charged with domestic battery July 25, after allegedly choking and headbutting a woman, Sun-Times Media reports.

Mokena police said they responded to a 9-1-1 call at 3:48 a.m. on the 11500 block of Stratford Road, from a 9-year-old girl who heard her mother screaming. When officers arrived on the scene, the victim, a 31-year-old woman with whom Walsh had an on-and-off dating relationship, approached them from a neighbor's home and told them that Walsh was inside the woman's home with a gun to his head and that he had threatened to kill himself, Mokena police said.

Officers made contact with him at the front door, detained him, and determined that a domestic battery had taken place, police said. Walsh was taken into custody, processed, and transported to Will County Jail, police said. Walsh posted bail and was released later on Wednesday, according to the Sun-Times Media report.

Frankfort Police Chief John Burica declined to comment on the incident, calling it a personnel issue.

"It's an open investigation, so he's on administrative leave until the investigation's closed," Burica said.

According to police reports, Walsh had texted the woman earlier in the night and told her he would be over around midnight, but didn't show up until about an hour before police were called. Police said the couple argued about text messages, and that Walsh demanded to see the woman's phone. When he couldn't unlock the phone to view it, Walsh proceeded to choke the woman, strike her with the bottom of his right fist, and head-butt her, police said. According to police reports, the woman sustained bruising and other injuries.

According to Mokena police, Walsh gave a conflicting statement about the incident, claiming that the woman had attacked him and that he had only tried to restrain her. However, the victim's daughter stated that she went into the bedroom and saw him on top of her mother, choking and punching her, police said.

Mokena police said they had no record of previous incidents of domestic violence in relation to Walsh.

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Concerned August 03, 2012 at 05:11 PM
you are going to pray for someone who allegedly beat a woman? wow, are you a frankfort cop?
Mo F'n Kena, Son! August 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
There goes MOKENA having to clean up Frankforts messes again and again. Frankfort is home to bad grids and evidently a deadbeat cop. Mokena is the greatest place on earth. Fuzz be wylin' 5-0 get down! M-E-T-E-O-R-S Our Meteors are the best!
Lenny Bruce August 03, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Rick- educate us on how the process works? FTA: "he's on administrative leave until the investigation's closed" means he gets paid even though he's a big douchebag, right? ...then the process of a female being deprived of air by steroid-fueled maniac twice her size. Was that the whole process, or does the woman-beater have rights that need protecting ? My guess is he is even more pissed at her now because of the legal and carrer problems he thinks she caused him. The article neglected to adress weather the officer's guns were removed from his house after this domestic situation. He sure was processed and released promptly- not much time to cool-off. More to come,,,
concerned father August 04, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Hope he goes to jail so he can stop hitting on all the underage and above girls that work in the strip malls of frankfort
Sheldon Cooper August 05, 2012 at 11:06 PM
@ Concerned ........ Do you really think that there is anyone who is undeserving of prayer? I suggest that you discuss this with your religious leader. You may gain a deeper understanding of the purpose of prayer. In your anger at his act, you may think that praying for him is in some way excusing or mitigating any and all crimes and sins that he has committed, but such is not the case. If we make prayer part of our life, we may not pray for everyone all the time, but neither should we purposely exclude anyone from our Christian love. (That's assuming you're a Christian. I realize there are many, many different religions. I just assumed 'Christian' to likely be the right call, because of the inclusion of prayer.)
lala August 06, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Wow. Have any of you people that are making these complaints bothered to contact the chief, the State's Attorney Office or the Attorney General's Office?
Lauren Traut (Editor) August 06, 2012 at 01:41 PM
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Lauren Traut (Editor) August 06, 2012 at 01:43 PM
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claudiagw August 06, 2012 at 04:01 PM
he does need help and so does she, allegedly this is NOT the first time he has laid his hands on her, only difference this time is the daughter called in to the police, if she hadnt this incident would have been the same as all the others......swept under the rug by both of them......it angers me that he could do this and saddens me that she has allowed it for so long......
lady justice August 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I pray for the mother and her daughter who had to witness such a rage of jealousy and insecurity. Former ofc. Walsh didn't fall far from the tree although I applaud him for trying.
DD August 10, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I know first hand both the victim and Walsh. They both needed a wake up call, and this was it. Things could have gone horrible-thank god they didn't - but it should not just be all poo girl... Walsh was defending himself to a point. Perhaps it was over done, but she didn't just sit there and take it. She fought back. Walsh is a good man, id still trust him to watch my children. He made a bad mistake, that could have been prevented. He was not thinking about how badly this action would mess his career up. Again, lets stop with all the name callings and what not. Lets have thr courts decide. Does he need jail time? My opinion, no. If the man loses his job, that's a bigger punishment then any fines or day in jail.
Sheldon Cooper August 13, 2012 at 07:42 PM
DD I take it that you know that they have been in an unhealthy relationship for some time now and that the woman is not totally innocent of violent behavior. But a man is almost always physically stronger and therefore bears more responsibility in stopping the violence. He could have left and it's unlikely that she would have been able to stop him. That may very likely not have been true if it was the other way around. 'Leaving' is what he should have done to call a halt to things, rather than let them escalate. "but she didn't just sit there and take it. She fought back." Do you think she should have done more to stop the fight by sitting there and not trying to defend herself? If you are correct about her fighting back, she's still the one who came out the loser, sustaining bruises and other injuries. Again, a fight between a man and a woman is rarely equally balanced. "Walsh is a good man." Is that how you'd introduce him to people? "I'd like you to meet Walsh. He's a good man, a policeman who choked and beat a woman in front of her 9 year old daughter and who then put a gun to his head and threatened to kill himself." He may not be a bad man, but he is most definitely a mentally ill man in need of treatment and anger management help and no matter how much you like him, now would not be a wise time for you to leave your children in his care.
Mo F'n Kena, Son! August 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
ML you right man!! Tell DD what up dat foo dont know nothin. Cop Rick Ross Yall!! Son!!
Mo F'n Kena, Son! August 13, 2012 at 09:05 PM
DD be straight up stoopid ya'll. Aint no one wanna herr anything out dat foos mouf!! Child betta get learned right quick thanks fo doin dat ML. You straight dog. Church.....son!!!
GIVE UP LIBERTY FOR SECURITY=DESERVE NEITHER August 14, 2012 at 05:49 AM
A majority, but not all, of the Frankfort Police are involved in massive corruption. The ones that are involved are falsifying search warrants by getting the signature from the judge for the warrants AFTER the warrant has been executed. This is TREASONOUS. The problem is, it is hard to prove because will county is involved in this. The state is possibly involved, but that is unconfirmed.
GIVE UP LIBERTY FOR SECURITY=DESERVE NEITHER August 14, 2012 at 05:58 AM
ATTENTION ALL FRANKFORT CITIZENS TELL YOUR VILLAGE HALL YOU WANT A BALLOT INITIATIVE TO VOTE FOR NEW POLICE OFFICERS. POWER IN NUMBERS. SWORN FRANKFORT POLICE OFFICERS=32, FRANKFORT 2010 POPULATION=17,782
Concerned August 14, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Joe vince, what's the deal? Is this guy still getting paid, are the Frankfort police corrupt? You know the Village of Frankfort is going to do everything possible to cover this all up and keep it from its residents, who are also victims in this. I'm with http://mokena.patch.com/users/give-up-liberty-for-securitydeserve-neither, lets get some answers. Walsh isn't the only bad cop, has anyone had to deal with that 18 year old cop, the one who is always driving in the brand new squad car?
GIVE UP LIBERTY FOR SECURITY=DESERVE NEITHER August 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Unfortunately, Frankfort and local municipalities aren't the real threat to our sovereignty. America is currently under attack at many levels, and INFOWARS.COM is the REAL news, not the corporate controlled lies you are told on the television. INFOWARS currently is viewed by over 17 MILLION people WORLDWIDE weekly. Ironically, it is surpassing the so called "mainstream" news ratings.
Sheldon Cooper August 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I just looked online (so it must be true) and the first hit I got says that it's estimated that 38% of Americans watch the news. That's 117 million people right there. Even if 17 million of them here in the US alone are watching INFOWARS, that number is hardly impressive. I have no way of knowing how accurate or inaccurate the stats I put up are, but I reckon they have as good a chance as yours of being valid. I just went to Infowars.com and the first featured story is 'Dave Mustaine: Obama Staged ‘Batman’ Massacre'. I don't think Infowar viewers have any cause to feel smug about getting news that is more 'real' than what's presented to the rest of us as truth by the mainstream media.
Joe Vince (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 02:55 PM
@ML: I deleted your comment because it contained profanity. However, I e-mailed your remarks to you, so you could repost those comments without the profanity. Joe Vince Local Editor, Frankfort/Mokena
Joe Vince (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 03:01 PM
@GIVE UP LIBERTY FOR SECURITY=DESERVE NEITHER: Are there cases where you or others have suspected this but haven't been able to find evidence? Could you e-mail me (joev@patch.com) some information on any of those? I'd like follow up. Joe Vince Local Editor, Frankfort/Mokena
Joe Vince (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 03:05 PM
@Concerned: Walsh is on administrative leave, so he is still being paid while this is under investigation. E-mail me your concern with this other officer (joev@patch.com). Have you notified the police about an issue? Joe Vince Local Editor, Frankfort/Mokena
Pap October 09, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Is anyone aware that Officer Walsh is scheduled for a termination hearing in front of the Frankfort Board of Fire and Police Commissioners on 10/10/12 at 8:00am iat the Frankfort Police Department. This is a public hearing, however, I can't find any public notice anywhere on the Village's website.
Concerned October 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
So what happened to this guy? So typical of the the village of Frankfort to sweep this under the rug, just like their double dipping former police chief now ass village admin. We all know how corrupt Frankfort is, but hopefully this guys was terminated???? Also as a follow up to Pap's comment, you are right there was no notice about the meeting on any village building or web site. Isn't that a vololation of the Illinois open meeting act?
Anna Schier (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Hi Pap and Concerned, I'm currently looking into the points you brought up and will let you know when I have more information. Thanks! Anna
Anna Schier (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Pap and Concerned, I met with Frankfort Deputy Chief of Police Kevin Keegan today and can relay the following information about Donald Walsh's termination hearing: A hearing was held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. However, Walsh has not yet been terminated. The matter has been referred to a Will County Court judge, because a court order is required for a specific testimony to be heard. Another hearing will be scheduled as soon as the court order is obtained. If the court order cannot be obtained, the hearing will still continue. A notice about the hearing was posted on the police department window. Another notice was also given to village administration, although Deputy Chief Keegan did not know when and where the second notice was posted. I have contacted the lawyer representing the Frankfort Board of Police and Fire Commissioners, but have not yet received a response. I have also contacted the village administration about when and where they posted the second notice, but have not received a response. I also contacted the Acting Public Access Counselor with the Attorney General's office, but have not received a response. As I learn more, I'll continue to relay information to this comment thread. Thanks! Anna
Anna Schier (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Pap and Concerned, I know it's been awhile since I last posted on this thread, but I did not forget about your questions. I now have more information about the termination hearing and how the public was notified. I will continue to monitor that status of the second hearing, and when the board makes a decision regarding the termination of Donald Walsh, I will report it. I also spoke with village administrator Jerry Ducay, who told me the hearing agenda was posted on the door of the village administration building, but was not posted on the village website. I have examined the public notice section of the Open Meetings Act statute available on the website of the Illinois attorney general. It states the following: "A public body that has a website that the full-time staff of the public body maintains shall post notice on its website of all meetings of the governing body of the public body." However, after reading this, I was informed by Mr. Ducay that the Frankfort Board of Police and Fire Commissioners, who conducted the hearing, do not take any direction from the village board and are charged with tasks separate from the public body of the village, although they are appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the village board. Therefore, the Open Meetings Act as it applies to the public body of the village does not apply to the Frankfort Board of Police and Fire Commissioners. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Anna
Concerned October 29, 2012 at 09:03 PM
So is this guys still getting paid by the village of Frankfort??? Why is the village trying to cover everything up?
Jfk November 06, 2012 at 05:00 AM
"Walsh, who is on administrative leave without pay, is scheduled to appear in Will County court Nov. 13 on domestic battery charges." From Daily Southtown
Steve Macri December 28, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Have to be 21 to be a police officer in the state of Illinois. Please get you facts straight before you post ignorant comments.

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