Former CPS principal sues school cafeteria worker, CPD detective who charged him

A former Chicago Public Schools principal is suing a school cafeteria worker and a Chicago police detective after being found not guilty on three felony charges stemming from a March 2020 incident in which he was threw a bottle of water which hit the worker in the head.

Kurt Jones resigned from the Franklin Fine Arts Center in Old Town in 2020 and was charged with criminal charges that month. After a year and a half in court, Cook County Judge Angela Petrone found him not guilty in October of two counts of aggravated assault causing bodily harm and permanent disfigurement, and one count of grievous bodily harm to a school employee.

Now that his criminal case is over, Jones is heading to federal court. In a nine-page complaint filed this week, Jones accused cafeteria worker Faye Jenkins and CPD Detective Juan Gonzalez of violating his civil rights “by having him arrested and prosecuted for these crimes,” said his attorney Gregory Kulis in a statement.

“Mr. Jones fought these outrageous criminal charges for one year and three months in the 26th and California Criminal Courts,” Kulis said.

In his lawsuit, Jones said other CPD officers had already investigated the incident and found no foul play. Then, “Detective Juan Gonzalez and Faye Jenkins conspired to have Kurt Jones arrested despite the absence of evidence of criminal intent or criminal acts,” the lawsuit said, exposing allegations of civil conspiracy, false arrest and malicious prosecution.

Jones maintained his innocence throughout the case, even after a CPS investigation found he was at fault in several instances of misconduct, some unrelated to the bottle-throwing incident. In this case, Jones said he and school workers were “playing children’s games in the cafeteria” when a bottle inadvertently hit Jenkins in the face – not rising to the level of a felony. , he explained to the investigators.

The ex-principal has previously sued CPS, accusing the district of breaching his contract, violating his due process rights and wrongfully firing him.

A Chicago police spokesperson said the department does not comment on ongoing litigation. Jenkins could not be immediately reached.

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