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Chicago Cop Investigated for Being Employed as DJ at Casino While on Medical Leave

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

A high-ranking Chicago Police Officer is being criticized after being seen on a video working as a DJ at an Indiana casino while on medical leave after shoulder surgery

This week, an internal investigation began after a complaint was made about a Chicago police officer who could be seen on a video working at an Indiana casino as a DJ when she was supposed to be too injured too work and was on paid medical leave.

Captain Saadia Carter, who is married to Chicago’s second highest ranking officer, Eric Carter, and heads a unit that investigates child sexual abuse, performed as a DJ as part of a $30-a-ticket event held at the Horseshoe casino in Hammond, Indiana.

The police officer, who goes by the name Princess DJ Chyna when performing, admitted last month on Facebook that she was on the medical leave after undergoing shoulder surgery in response to critical comments made by former mayoral candidate Paul Vallas. Vallas commented in his own Facebook post that Carter makes a practice of moonlighting as a DJ which she continues to do currently despite being on medical leave since November 2021. He also said that the officer could be seen in the video taken at the casino holding her arm up in the air during her set.

Others have claimed after watching the video that while Carter can be seen standing in front of a laptop onstage at the Horseshoe Casino, at no times does she raise either arm, but instead keeps them at her side throughout the footage.

Vallas is known for being a critic of the Chicago Police Department, citing this incident as another example of the department, “Promoting unqualified personnel to leadership and giving them special treatment.” The post also mentions Chief of Internal Affairs Yolanda Talley, Chief of the Bureau of Counter-Terrorism Ernest Cato.

In a response, Carter said that that Vallas was playing 'political games' and that she has followed all rules related to recovering from a work injury. She added that functioning as a DJ only requires her to basically push buttons and is less strenuous than driving car. She stated she has done nothing wrong. A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department has also said that Carter did not do anything wrong, which suggests that she has been cleared.

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