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Outside investigation finds complaints of arrest outside Freeport hospital “unfounded”

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — On June 9th Shaquille Dukes, his brother and another man were arrested outside FHN Hospital.

Dukes said he was racially profiled while walking outside the hospital with an attached IV.

An independent, third-party investigator hired by the City of Freeport finds no evidence of midconduct 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.

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.

Dukes says he and the others were asked to approach the security guard’s vehicle he did so, which took him off hospital property.

Dukes says the security guard called police because he believed Dukes was trying to steal the equipment.

You can read the report for yourself on the city’s website.


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