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Frankfort Police Seek Court Order to Force Testimony

The former girlfriend of police officer Donald Walsh refuses to discuss the incident that led to his battery arrest in Mokena last summer.

Frankfort police are seeking a court order to force a Mokena woman to tell the Frankfort Board of Fire and Police Commissioners how her ex-boyfriend, Frankfort police officer Donald Walsh, her last summer, according to a report from WLS Radio.

The 32-year old woman refused to testify against Walsh, 29, of Monee, at a commission disciplinary hearing in October, said WLS. If she continues to refuse to testify, she could be held in contempt by a judge.

The woman was subpoenaed to testify at Walsh’s disciplinary hearing on Oct. 10.

After confirming her name, address and status as Walsh’s ex-girlfriend with a village lawyer, the woman refused to discuss the incident further, WLS reports.

“Anything pertaining to the incident of that night, I’d like not to answer questions regarding to it. I plead the Fifth,” she said, according to a transcript of the hearing reported by WLS.

When lawyers for the village and commission told her she was neither in a criminal proceeding, nor at risk of incriminating herself, and therefore was not protected by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, she maintained her silence regarding the incident, said WLS.

The woman said her family had been through enough and that she is a single mother doing what she feels is best for her children, WLS reports.

Walsh was arrested on July 25, when the woman’s daughter, a 9-year old girl, called the Mokena police to her mother’s house at 3:48 a.m. after hearing her mother’s screams. The girl also saw Walsh on top of her mother, choking and punching her.

The couple initially argued about text messages, before the altercation escalated to physical violence.

Police say that Walsh also threatened to kill himself, pointing a gun at his head and putting it in his mouth.

Walsh gave a conflicting statement, claiming he had only tried to restrain the woman when she attacked him and denying any threats to commit suicide.

Walsh is currently on administrative leave without pay and is scheduled to appear in Will County court on Nov. 13 for domestic battery charges, WLS reports.

According to WLS, the woman sustained a black eye, scratches and cuts, among other injuries.

John Briohier, the attorney representing the commission, says that nothing the woman said in police reports and 911 recordings is admissible in the disciplinary proceeding. If she continues to refuse to discuss the incident, the village will obtain a court order forcing her to testify, reports WLS.

According to WLS, Frankfort police chief John Burica filed a petition to compel her to testify on Thursday.

“Probably in 30 years I have encountered this one other time,” WLS reports Broihier said. “It is rare.”

David Silverman, the attorney representing the village police, said if a judge grants the order and she still refuses to testify, the judge will decide if she is in contempt and determine what penalties she would face, said WLS.

If she does not testify, the commission would likely decide Walsh’s discipline based on previous testimony, WLS reports.

According to WLS, Walsh’s attorney could not be reached for comment.

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Spring 2013 November 05, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Sounds like she is afraid of him. She needs to stand up for herself and tell the truth and prove to her child that his actions are not acceptable. Fight for all abused women! Dont let him get away with this. Show your daughter what your made of, otherwise she might have the same happen to her.
Concerned November 05, 2012 at 03:19 PM
What's with this woman? Did Walsh threaten to beat her up again if she testified? What is going on here? Why is everyone working to protect this animal. I can't believe that the village of Frankfort is continually paying this womanizer. Just another great example of how screwed up this village is. 1890's charm? With these cops and the heroin flowing through our streets I don't see the charm any more.
Anna Schier (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Hi Concerned, Walsh is actually currently on unpaid leave, so he's not being compensated by the village at this time. Thanks for reading Patch! Anna
Jfk November 06, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Thank you for setting the record straight. Every article states that it is unpaid leave!!!!
yew12 November 08, 2012 at 07:03 PM
theyre still together.
ftness November 08, 2012 at 08:00 PM
@yew12 NO THEY ARE NOT TOGETHER!!!
Susan January 10, 2013 at 09:08 PM
any updates?
Anna Schier (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Hi smp, I gave the lawyer for the Frankfort Police Department a call, and have this to report: The witness was served with complaints after Chief John Burica filed an action in Will County Circuit Court to compel testimony. She was given 30 days to respond and did not do so. Police will petition the court to order a testimony. No dates for have been set at this point. Thanks for reading, Anna
mokenamom January 19, 2013 at 01:56 AM
I'm a bit confused. If the witness is not willing to testify isn't the case dropped? Why is the Chief so adamant that she testify if she doesn't wan to?

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