Attorney in NIU hazing lawsuit seeks police documents

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Northern Illinois University officials say they have finished their investigation into a deadly hazing incident but the victim’s family is going back to court.

The attorney representing the family of 19-year-old NIU freshman David Bogenberger will ask a Cook County judge to expedite the release of police reports related to the accident.

The attorney had requested those documents previously and says he doesn’t believe the police are stalling, but he does want to get the information as soon as possible.

Bogenberger, who graduated from Palatine High School, died in November after drinking heavily at an NIU fraternity pledge party. The  family’s lawsuit alleges that  fraternity members made Bogenberger consume a dangerous amount of alcohol as part of a hazing ritual and then failed to help him when he passed out.

Leaders of the fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha face criminal charges and NIU faces a wrongful death suit.

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  • Todd Pardee

    Did the hold his mouth open and pour in the alcohol? Or did he make a poor choice by listening to their encouragement to drink? There’s a big difference!

  • Susie

    There is no such thing as a fraternity hazing ritual. These are two separate things. Hazing is illegal physical or mental abuse which, by the way, is against fraternity rules. Ritual is the beautiful ceremony of initiation which has been handed down from the founders. There is no hazing in the ritual. Obviously the author knows nothing about the college Greek system.