Weis sworn in as Chicago's top cop

February 1, 2008 3:20:26 PM PST
Chicago's new police superintendent promises a 'zero tolerance' on police misconduct. "We have to have a community that has confidence and trust in its police officers," said Police Supt. Jody Weis.

Supt. Weis says restoring that trust will be his biggest challenge as the Chicago Police Department's 50th superintendent. He was sworn in Friday and immediately outlined his plans for restoring the department's image, which has been tarnished by allegations of police misconduct.

"There's only five things I have zero tolerance for: lying, cheating, stealing, engaging in corrupt behavior or any type of brutality," said Weiss.

The first officer targeted by the zero tolerance may be William Cozzi, who was allegedly seen on a surveillance tape beating a man in a wheelchair.

"I will do everything in my legal power to keep him from ever wearing a uniform again for CPD," said Weis.

Weis also supports the use of tasers, which the city is in the process of seeking bids for-- even though some studies show tasers can cause heart problems.

"I think the tasers are a great tool where it gives officers another option to address escalating force," said Weis.

The 50-year old Weis took on the $300,000 a year job as Chicago's top cop after 23 years in the FBI. He is the second outsider named to run the department.

"I will give the officers the benefit of the doubt 100% of the time, as long as they are doing their job the right way," said Weis.