Officer cleared in Iowa assault could be suspended

May 14, 2010 3:01:06 PM PDT
A Chicago police officer who was convicted and then cleared in an assault case in Iowa faces a possible suspension.

Chicago's police watchdog agency recommended Michael Mette be suspended without pay for 90 days.

He claimed self defense in a fight with a drunken college student in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mette served 11 months in prison before his conviction was overturned in 2008.

Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority is recommending a suspension saying he lied to police in Iowa about the fight.

The Chicago Tribune reports Superintendent Jody Weis is expected to challenge the suspension.