Lawsuit filed over man's arrest outside FHN Hospital, alleging racial profiling

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CHICAGO (WIFR) -- An attorney representing Shqauille Dukes has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Freeport, four of its police officers and Freeport Health Network Memorial Hospital.

Courtesy: Shaquille Dukes (Facebook)

The lawsuit alleges Dukes was racially profiled and illegally detained on June 9, 2019, when he was arrested while he walked outside the hospital with an attached IV.

It also alleges Dukes was targeted by an FHN Memorial Hospital security guard while walking around the hospital grounds.

Dukes says he 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. Freeport police later arrested him on charges of attempted theft and disorderly conduct.

Last month, an independent, third-party investigator hired by the City of Freeport found no evidence​ of misconduct from Freeport police following the arrest.

Dukes is represented by Chicago-based law firm Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and attorney Ben Crump.