Republican state Senate candidate Bill Albracht sent a written complaint to the East Moline Police Department on Sept. 26, 2011, alleging that one of its officers, who also is State Sen. Mike Jacobs' brother-in-law, harassed and intimidated him.
The compaint surfaced Tuesday night when Sen. Jacobs, D-East Moline, raised it during a candidate forum during which he said Mr. Albracht had been trying to get his brother-in-law fired.
Mr. Albracht, who had not publicly raised the issue, gave the letter of complaint related to the incident to this newspaper on Wednesday.
The complaint alleges that officer Kurt DeGreve told Mr. Albracht to "go (deleted) himself" during a party at the East End Club in Moline on Sept. 23, 2011.
Mr. Albracht sent the complaint to East Moline Chief of Police Victor Moreno, East Moline Mayor John Thodos and the East Moline Police and Fire Commission.
Chief Moreno said the complaint was investigated and the department decided it was unfounded after speaking to witnesses. The matter was closed and no further action taken, Mr. Moreno added.
"We treated it like any other complaint," he said.
Mr. Albracht said he remembered calling Mr. Moreno after he sent the complaint and was told that Mr. DeGreve had been "counselled" about the matter, and no further action would be taken.
Mr. Albracht said he has had no further problems with Mr. DeGreve and had no intention of publicly raising the matter until Sen. Jacobs brought it up at Tuesday's candidate forum.
In Mr. Albracht's complaint, which was dated Sept. 26, 2011, he also said his wife was called a "traitor" to the Jacobs family by Mr. DeGreve. Mr. Albracht's wife's father is a distant relative of Denny Jacobs' wife. Denny Jacobs is Sen. Jacobs father.
Mr. Albracht, a former secret service officer, also wrote in his complaint that Mr. DeGreve "stared" at him in an effort to intimidate him at two other parties.
Mr. DeGreve did not return a call for comment. Sen. Jacobs said the matter was between Mr. Albracht and the East Moline Police Department.
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