In a bizarre case, a man who was framed and falsely imprisoned is suing the mayor of suburban Harvey, Illinois, a community just south of downtown Chicago. The reason? Javon Patterson claims that Mayor Eric Kellogg was enraged over the disappearance of a cocaine stash owned by Kellogg and one of the city’s detectives, and set him up on the gun charge for which he served 2 ½ years before being exonerated by the State of Illinois.
Patterson claims that he was asked by an acquaintance, Willie Lloyd lll, to help steal a large amount of cocaine apparently owned by Harvey Detective Hollis Dorrough and Kellogg. Although Patterson refused to help, shortly thereafter Lloyd managed to steal the cocaine, which he showed to Patterson. Two months later, Lloyd was found dead from a gunshot wound in a case that remains unsolved.
Patterson was arrested a few weeks later and charged with a gun possession felony; while at the police station, he was questioned by both Kellogg and Dorrough about the whereabouts of their stolen cocaine. The lawsuit claims that Kellogg asked Patterson, “where’s my (expletive) cocaine?” He then told Patterson that if he ever returned to Harvey, he would have a murder charge pinned on him.
In 2008, an appeals court overturned the Patterson’s conviction and the state issued him a certificate of innocence. A judge has now ruled that Patterson can proceed in federal court with his lawsuit against Kellogg and Dorrough.
Kellogg is still the mayor of Harvey, and earlier this year, was named superintendant of the elementary school district. Dorrough is serving three years in prison for returning a weapon to a convicted drug dealer’s family, which he claims was done at Kellogg’s request. Kellogg was not charged in that case.