CHICAGO – An off-duty Chicago police officer appeared in court Monday to face charges after he allegedly broke tables in a suburban bar, elbowed a police officer and spat on a paramedic.
Richard Schmidt, 25, appeared in court on four counts of aggravated battery and damage to property. A judge set his bond at $10,000.
Schmidt was jumping on tables and breaking them at an Irish pub in Forest Park, Ill., police say. When told he would have to pay for the damages, a scuffle ensued and police were called in to assist.
Police were forced to taser Schmidt to get him under control, police say. His alcohol limit was three times the legal limit, officials say.
“We don’t have any tolerance whether they are law enforcement professional or not for people coming into our community and behaving in inappropriate ways," said Michael Sartino, a spokesman for the Forest Park Village Administration.
The police superintendent relieved him of his duties.
Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said in a statement, "The Chicago Police Department has zero tolerance for any officer who violates the professional integrity of this department."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.