September 26, 2022
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'Whistleblower' cop jailed on felony misconduct charges

A Joliet police sergeant who leaked squad car video of an arrested man's fatal overdose was charged with felony official misconduct, court records show. Sgt. Javier Esqueda, 51, was placed on administrative leave in July "due to the fact that he is under criminal investigation and an internal affairs investigation," Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner said at the time, adding that Esqueda "gained unauthorized access to a video that was being investigated by an outside agency in a criminal matter." The video was then "shared outside the police department, violating chain of custody and potentially evidence in the criminal matter.," Roechner said.