Dixmoor Police Commander Accused Of Beating Woman; Police Chief Father Says Charges Are 'Political'

Mike Krauser
January 16, 2020 - 11:06 am
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DIXMOOR, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Dixmoor police commander, who’s the son of the chief, is accused of battering a 66-year-old woman who had gone to the police station after her grandson was arrested. 

Dixmoor police released video Wednesday night showing the woman, Carla Bourgouis, entering a secured area of the Dixmoor Police station with her phone out. You can hear police telling her she is under arrest and she runs out, chased by Commander Ronald Burge Jr.

"While he was trying to take her into custody, she grabbed him in his private parts and refused to let go," said Police Chief Ronald Burge, Sr. "At that point, he picked her up."

Bourgouis picks up the story, as told to CBS 2.

“He hit my head against a brick outside the village, and then he took me inside the village hall and then bumped my head several times,” Bourgouis said.

Cmdr. Ronald Burge Jr. is charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct.

His father, Dixmoor Police Chief Ronald Burge Sr., called the charges political. The chief accused the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office of misrepresenting what really happened.

“I have a serious issue with the State’s Attorney’s Office, especially when it comes to first responders,” Burge Sr. said. “You cannot make the victims the suspects, and you cannot make the suspects the victims. We have to all obey the law, and we have to all do what is right.”

Burge Sr. said he did have any sympathy for “thugs” regardless of their age.

“They have a background, so grandmothers, grandfathers, and anybody else in my opinion can be considered thugs too,” Burge Sr. said. “Just because you’re certain age doesn’t mean you believe and do what is right.”

Bourgouis took issue strongly with that remark.

“I am not a thug,” Bourgouis told CBS 2. “I am a very professional woman I go to work every day and I take care of my family, and I don’t need anybody to disgrace me and my character."

Burge Jr. will be placed on desk duty or administrative leave as the investigation plays out.