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Jim Ford Obtains Not Guilty For Salvation Army

On the night of December 20, 1998, Chicago police officer John Loconsole answered a call of a burglary in progress at a west side public school. After getting out of his squad car, he tripped on a broken concrete slab on vacant property owned by The Salvation Army.

Jim Ford tried a case in Cook County in January, 2005.

On the night of December 20, 1998, Chicago police officer John Loconsole answered a call of a burglary in progress at a west side public school. After getting out of his squad car, he tripped on a broken concrete slab on vacant property owned by The Salvation Army. Loconsole injured his shoulder and elbow, requiring surgery on both. Loconsole claimed that the broken concrete area was an unreasonably dangerous condition that the defendant knew of and should have remedied. The Salvation Army witnesses testified that the area was well lighted. Mr. Ford argued that the broken concrete was not a dangerous condition and that it was something that was open and obvious. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.