Complaint 'unfounded' for man's arrest outside Freeport hospital

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- An independent, third-party investigator hired by the City of Freeport found no evidence of misconduct from Freeport police following a recent arrest.

Courtesy: Shaquille Dukes (Facebook)

Freeport police arrested Shaquille Dukes, his brother and another man for disorderly conduct on June 9. Dukes was walking outside of a local hospital attached to an IV during the time of his arrest.

Dukes, 24, says he was racially profiled while walking outside the hospital with an attached IV. He says was 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.

An off-duty FHN Hospital security guard allegedly called police because he thought Dukes was trying to steal the equipment. He reported to police that Dukes and two others were approaching him in an “aggressive manner.”

While the complaints were determined to be "unfounded," a report recommends that the Department explore policies and procedures with respect to how to manage incidents involving individuals who are hospitalized or requiring medical attention while in custody.

For the city of Freeport's report on the third-part investigation, click here​.