Protesters search for answers after officer-involved shooting in Rockford

The Rockford Police Department did name the officer who fired their weapon as Officer Dominik McNiece.
Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 6:54 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Since Sunday, protesters have been at Rockford City Hall, asking for answers about an officer-involved shooting that happened Friday night.

“We’re not leaving no it’s not good enough, the mayor has to have a press conference and answer questions," community activist Terry Patterson said.

The Rockford Police Department did name the officer who fired their weapon as Officer Dominik McNiece, but community activist Leslie Rolfe isn’t satisfied.

“You only released the name after you did a bunch of arrests and you assaulted people in the midst of the arrest," Rolfe said.

At least four protesters were handcuffed outside Rockford City Hall Monday, including Rolfe, and community activist Aija Penix. She said the response from the city is unacceptable.

“The transparency that you are seeing right now in releasing his name is a direct result of the pressure we have been applying the entire weekend," Penix said.

Transparency and accountability are what many protesters outside Rockford City Hall Monday said they are asking for.

“There are people who are wanting to actively participate in the accountability process of corruption and brutality and injustice," Rockford resident Skye Gia Garcia said.

Commander of the Winnebago Boone County Integrity Task Force Chuck Davidson said it is an active investigation, and when more details will be released is still unknown.

“I don’t see how anybody can have any trust in anything that’s going on from this point," Rolfe said. "I think as a community we have to hold them accountable every step of the way and we have to have transparency every step of the way.”

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