The FBI along with other law enforcement agencies armed with a search warrant descended on the campus of Northern Illinois University today for what is said to be an on-going investigation.
FBI agents worked alongside officers from several state and local agencies for most of the morning and a good portion of the afternoon. An FBI spokesperson says the agents are serving a search warrant at the NIU campus police station. Sources tell the Chicago Tribune that several NIU police officers were interviewed today by the feds, while other officers were asked to leave the building. A university spokesman says the search warrant has nothing to do with safety on campus.
“I want to emphasize that there is no threat to public safety,” said Paul Palian, public relations director at NIU. “They’re just executing a warrant.”
Neither the university nor the FBI will say if the search warrant has anything to do with former NIU police chief, Donald Grady, who was fired last month. He had been on paid leave while the department was investigated for alleged misconduct in the case involving an NIU police officer charged with raping a freshman.
In a separate case this past fall, the former police chief had asked the FBI for help in the investigation of misconduct of two university administrators.
Meanwhile, the university says the community shouldn’t be concerned.