Probe after dim man held while the employ of IV machine

Henrietta Brewer
July 5, 2019

Even though Dukes notes that a doctor had approved the walk on hospital property, per WGN, the guard called Freeport Police, claiming he had "three black males attempting to steal medical equipment", Dukes says.

On Monday, Freeport police told U.S. media that an external investigator would assess whether officers handled the arrest appropriately.

Dukes said he went outside with his boyfriend and his brother, still wearing his hospital gown and pushing a steroid and antibiotic IV drip.

Shaquille Dukes, 24, was being treated for double pneumonia at the Freeport Health Network Memorial Hospital when he says his doctor told him to take some air on June 9.

Shaquille Dukes, 24, was walking outside a northern IL hospital in a hospital gown while still attached to an IV machine when he was approached by security, which then prompted an unnecessary confrontation with police that led to his arrest and the arrests of two other men alongside him.


Dukes filed a complaint "alleging unfair and biased conduct by responding officers", the Freeport Police Department confirmed Sunday in a statement.

Freeport police Lt. Andrew Schroeder says people shouldn't rush to judgment about the case. Davis, who is black, is also a member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

Dukes could not be reached for comment and the hospital said that without patient authorisation it could not share information about the incident.

He added, "They took my rescue inhaler and began to transport me to the city lockup, while in transit I began to have a seizure, and subsequently am asthma attack, I pleaded with officers for nearly four minutes to retrieve my inhaler from the transporting officer, and finally, when I became unresponsive, it miraculously appeared".

He says the police were then called and arrested him for tried theft.


He claims the security officer, who works at the hospital, accused him of trying to steal the IV stand to sell it on eBay.

Dukes' arrest was caught on cellphone video and has over 100,000 views on Facebook.

It added that the IV used to be removed "at the ask of of the field by FHN clinical personnel (now not security or police)".

Dukes posted three videos of his arrest alongside his account in the June 17 Facebook post. The chief is analyzing footage from body cameras worn by officers.

"Our investigation revealed that at no time did any doctor or nurse give that patient or any patient permission to leave the hospital while still hooked to an IV machine", a police spokesman told ABC News.


Mr Dukes is due to seem in court docket next month, USA media experiences disclose.

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