Police arrested Shaquille Dukes, 24, on suspicion of stealing the medical gear, after a safety guard referred to as them.
The Freeport Police Division confirmed Sunday in an announcement that Dukes filed a grievance “alleging unfair and biased conduct by responding officers.” The division mentioned it has retained an outdoor, third-party investigator to “collect the info, interview all events concerned, and decide whether or not officers carried out themselves in adherence to division insurance policies and pointers.”
On the morning of the second day, June 9, he mentioned he was feeling higher and requested docs if he might go for a stroll. He went exterior along with his boyfriend and his brother, nonetheless sporting his hospital robe and pushing a steroid and antibiotic IV drip.
As they went exterior, Dukes mentioned a safety guard referred to as them over to his automobile and requested in the event that they have been making an attempt to “go away the hospital and promote the IV gear on eBay.”
“I used to be furious, I used to be irate,” Dukes mentioned. “The very first thing he mentioned to me wasn’t, ‘What’s your title? Can I provide help to?’ however ‘Are you stealing this?'” Dukes mentioned his boyfriend started recording the encounter, as Dukes was making an attempt to clarify to the safety guard that they have been on a stroll.
That is when the safety guard referred to as for police backup, Dukes informed CNN. He mentioned the guard informed police, “I’ve three black males making an attempt to steal medical gear from the hospital.”
Dukes informed CNN that earlier than his arrest, law enforcement officials took his emergency inhaler and his IV was eliminated, although not by a physician. Police mentioned in a June 18 assertion that the IV was eliminated by FHN medical personnel.
Taken again to hospital — in handcuffs
Whereas officers have been taking him to the police division, Dukes mentioned he suffered an bronchial asthma assault. He alleges the officers withheld his bronchial asthma inhaler from him till they arrived.
Dukes mentioned he was stored at the back of the police automobile till paramedics arrived. He informed CNN he was then transported again to the hospital, this time in handcuffs.
The police division has appointed an unbiased investigator to take a look at the case, Freeport police spokesman Dave Bayliss informed CNN.
Bayliss recognized the investigator as Mitch Davis, who has served as police chief for 18 years in Hazel Crest, Illinois, a suburb south of Chicago. Davis, who’s black, can be a member of the Illinois Affiliation of Chiefs of Police.
Dukes mentioned he believes the incident ought to immediate extra sensitivity coaching for each police and FHN workers.
The hospital declined to remark, citing affected person confidentiality, and mentioned it was cooperating with the police investigation.