Police union files motion in stalking case

By Denise Jackson

July 31, 2013 Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 9:51 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria's police union is fighting to get legal counsel restored to an officer involved in a stalking case.

The Peoria Police Benevolent Association has filed a motion in court.

The union wants a judge to force the city to continue paying for the defense of officer Jeff Wilson. The union said the city must cover defense costs because of the collective bargaining agreement.

Wilson is appealing a no-stalking order handed to him in July of 2011.

Fellow Officer Donna Nicholson obtained the order after a judge found that Wilson had been watching her using department surveillance equipment when Wilson worked in the vice unit.

Earlier this month, the Peoria City Council voted to stop paying for Wilson's legal fees, but the P.B.A. filed a grievance, challenging the decision.

Under the contract agreement, the city has a duty to defend an officer if the officer is sued while working in the course of his employment.

The union wants the city to continue paying for Wilson's legal fees until the grievance process is completed.

Nicholson recently asked for an extension to the no-stalking order, alleging Wilson violated it.

Several hearings on the case are scheduled in the coming months.

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