Sheldon Thrasher

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Service Record

Agency Chicago Illinois Police Department
Rank Officer
Badge Number 17871
Dates of Service Ended September 15, 2022.[1]
Salary $84,054 (2020)[2]
Last Known Status Terminated[3]


By June 6, 2018, Thrasher had received a Problem Solving Award, two Attendance Recognition Awards, 11 Honorable Mentions, one Department Commendation, and one 2019 Crime Reduction Award. Thrasher had no sustained disciplinary history in the prior five years.[4]

Incident Reports

2018 Death of Maurice Granton Jr.

On June 6, 2018, officers attempted to stop Granton after believing that he took part in a drug transaction. Granton ran, and Thrasher and another officer pursued him. As Granton was scaling a fence, Thrasher claimed to see a gun and fired, killing Granton.[5][3]

Part of the incident was captured on the officers' body-worn cameras and third-party cameras.[3][6][7]

Response Timeline

Thrasher was placed on administrative leave for 30 days after the shooting.[5]

On June 6, 2018, the Civilian Office for Police Accountability (COPA) opened an investigation.[4]

On June 7, 2018, the incident was reviewed by supervisor Ernest Spradley, who stated that Thrasher had been fired upon and his use of force was in compliance with policies and procedures.[8]

In 2018, Grafton's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.[9]

On November 30, 2020, COPA finished their investigation. The report stated that Grafton's firearm had discharged inside his pants as he ran, and he had discarded it before he reached the fence. COPA found that the use of deadly force was unjustified and outside of department policy, and recommended that Thrasher be fired.[10]

On August 6, 2021, Thrasher was charged by the department with unlawful or unnecessary use of a weapon, incompetency or inefficiency in the performance of duty, disobeying an order or directive, and bringing discredit to the department.[11]

On September 15, 2022, the Chicago Police Board fired Thrasher, finding that the use of force was not necessary.[1]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: neutral
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
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