James Sajdak

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Service Record

Chicago Illinois Police Department

Rank Sergeant[1]
Dates of Service December 26, 1989 - April 15, 2019.[2]
Salary $111,474 (2018)[1]
Last Known Status Retired[3]


Sajdak received nearly 150 awards, including the Superintendent’s Award of Valor.[4]

Incident Reports

It is alleged that Sajdak had 44 misconduct complaints by 2019.[3]

1997 Illegal Drugs

In 1997, the department investigated Sajdak for the sale or possession of illegal drugs.[5]

Response Timeline

The complaint was sustained, and Sajdak was suspended for 30 days.[5]

2016 Harassment of Geneva Perry

On September 8, 2016, Sajdak pulled Perry over, told her to follow him to another location, and masturbated in front of her.[5]

Response Timeline

Perry sued Sajdak.[5]

In December 2019, the lawsuit was settled.[5]

2019 Sexual Assault of Tyshee Featherstone

On March 5, 2019, Featherstone claimed that Sajdak demanded a sex act from her while he was on-duty.[3][5]

Response Timeline

In April 2019, Sajdak resigned.[3]

In 2019, Featherstone sued Sajdak and the department.[3]

In April 2020, Featherstone's lawsuit was settled.[5]

On September 28, 2022, Sajdak was indicted on a a federal charge of deprivation of rights under "color of law". If convicted, Sajdak faces up to life in federal prison.[3] Sajdak pleaded not guilty.[5]

On November 13, 2023, Sajdak pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of deprivation of rights under color of law. Sajdak faces up to one year in federal prison.[6]

On February 23, 2024, Sajdak was sentenced to the maximum sentence of one year in prison.[4]

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