Police Will Not Be Punished

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.


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  • by paige Location: rockford on May 9, 2007 at 06:52 AM
    I think the cops should be charged because they should of not have done that to him when he was under the influence. I was their and I saw everything and it is very sad!!!
  • by Pam Location: Rockford on May 3, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    I think its very sad for this city when the police are given free rein.... This is the 3rd incident where someone has died because of police actions. When will it be stopped?
  • by Christina Location: Rockford on May 3, 2007 at 07:06 AM
    WHAT??? Since WHEN is it ok to strike and KICK a person KNOWING they are under the influence of something?? These cops acted barbarically and its getting worse in Rockford. Now we are teaching our kids that the police can do as they wish and get away with it. How sad for our kids.
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