DEKALB (WTVO) – DeKalb police release dash cam video after an arrest recorded and posted to social media prompts a use of force investigation, along with this statement:
Statement from Interim Police Chief John Petragallo
On Saturday, August 24th, 2019, the DeKalb Police Department arrested Elonte McDowell after initiating a drug investigation that led to charges of Possession of Cannabis With the Intent to Deliver – a Class 4 Felony. As a result of this arrest, there has been significant public interest in this case and the facts that surround this arrest. The DeKalb Police Department believes it is important to be transparent with our community to best preserve the public trust. With this in mind, the DeKalb Police Department is releasing in-car video camera footage from this incident. A total of five in-car video cameras were activated during this incident; four from DeKalb Police vehicles and one from a DeKalb County Sheriff’s vehicle. A compilation of these videos is being provided to the public for contextual purposes and can be accessed by the link below. Full, unedited copies of individual videos will be provided to the media upon request. A review of this incident is being conducted by the Illinois State Police.
According to WLS, An investigation has been launched after video, recorded by McDowell’s girlfriend, was posted to social media showing DeKalb police appearing to choke a man, hold him on the ground and use a Taser on him during his arrest for marijuana possession.
Four years ago Illinois passed a law banning excessive force like a choke hold in specific situations. An investigation by Illinois State Police is ongoing. The DeKalb officer involved has been temporarily reassigned during the investigation.
Link to full dash cam video