Brooklyn police chief leaves after raid by Illinois troopers -

Brooklyn police chief leaves after raid by Illinois troopers

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BROOKLYN, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois village police chief is gone from the job after a recent raid by state and county officers.

Illinois State Police and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office seized a cache of weapons, computers and documents from the Brooklyn Police Department last Wednesday.

On Monday, village officials said Brooklyn Police Chief Steve Mitchell was no longer employed. A police sergeant referred additional questions to Brooklyn's mayor. The told News 4 to contact the city attorney.

In a related move, St. Clair prosecutor Brendan Kelly is declining to prosecute any cases handled by a Brooklyn officer who allegedly took an illegal assault rifle from the department's evidence vault.

A village board trustee told News 4 problems with the police department have been brewing for years.

"It's going to get bigger, now that they have these records and everything. I'm sure they are looking for more," said Brooklyn Village Board Trustee Mary McCarthy.

Kelly also won't prosecute cases involving another Brooklyn officer with a relative whose towing firm assists village police in generating revenue from towing fees.

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