Man who claims he was racially profiled by Freeport Police appears in court for first time


FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) – The man who gained national attention after claiming he was racially profiled at a Freeport Hospital makes his first court appearance.

Shaquille Dukes was in a Stephenson County courtroom Thursday morning. He’s charged with disorderly conduct.

Duke’s is represented by Ben Crump. Crump is a civil rights attorney from Florida.

Shaquille Dukes’ attorney Ben Crump (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)

He’s best known for working with the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

Crump is calling for charges against Dukes to be dropped. He also says Dukes was simply “in a hospital while black.”

This all comes the day after an outside investigation found no evidence of police misconduct or racial bias by Freeport Police in the case.

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