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Man who claimed racial profiling at Freeport hospital sues city, police, hospital, more

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — A man who claims he was racially profiled for an arrest at a Freeport hospital is taking his case to court, suing the City of Freeport, four police officers, FHN Memorial Hospital and its security guard.

The lawsuit by Shaquille Dukes alleges “racial discrimination and failure to provide medical treatment.”

Dukes’ case gained national attention after he claimed that a hospital security guard accused him of stealing hospital equipment.

Freeport police arrested Dukes, of Chicago, his brother and another man for disorderly conduct on June 9th because of their conduct toward a security officer and police. Authorities say the security guard called police because he believed Dukes was trying to steal the equipment.

The 24-year-old Dukes says he had been hospitalized with pneumonia for two days when his doctor cleared him to go for a walk outside, as long as he didn’t leave FHN Memorial Hospital property.

Duke’s is represented by Ben Crump. Crump is a civil rights attorney from Florida. He’s best known for working with the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

An independent, third-party investigator hired by the City of Freeport found no evidence of misconduct on the part of Freeport Police Officers.

The report does recommend the Department explore policies and procedures with respect to how to manage incidents involving individuals who are hospitalized or require medical attention.

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