Five Rockford Police officers will not be punished for striking a man, then kicking him to the ground to restrain him during a weekend arrest.
Police Chief Chet Epperson defended the officers' actions today. He says they're not too blame for the death of 36 year old Jose Urdaneta.
He died yesterday at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Urdaneta was arrested Saturday evening at an apartment complex on Rockford's west side. Police say he was high on cocaine and out of control.
Family members say police beat him up but Epperson says the officers did what they had to do. Some of those maneuvers included a leg sweep where officers pushed Urdeneta's legs down so he would fall to the ground. They also used wrist cuffs and leg restraints to hold him down.