NIU fires Grady as campus police chief

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DEKALB, Ill. — Officials at Northern Illinois University have fired the chief of the NIU Police Department.

According to a local radio station report, NIU informed Donald Grady on Tuesday that he’s been dismissed.

The dismissal comes in the wake of the case against a former NIU officer who was charged with sexually assaulting a student. Grady was placed on leave during an investigation of the department’s handling of that case. Charges against the officer accused were eventually dismissed.

Grady had been praised for his department’s actions after the Feb. 14, 2008, shootings on NIU’s campus. That attack left five students and the gunman dead. Grady was one of the first officers to enter the lecture hall where the shootings took place.

NIU officials say Acting Police Chief Darren Mitchell is now leading the department.

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