USA police probe arrest of black man using IV machine outside hospital

USA police probe arrest of black man using IV machine outside hospital

USA police probe arrest of black man using IV machine outside hospital

Shaquille Dukes, a 24-year-old black male, tells CNN he was wearing a hospital gown and hooked up to an IV drip on the property of FHN Memorial Hospital in IL on June 9 when a security guard asked if he was to trying to "leave the hospital and sell the IV equipment on eBay".

The security guard told police that he felt "extremely threatened", according to the police report, who additionally believed that Dukes was attempting to steal the hospital equipment.

Freeport police arrested Dukes, his brother and another man for disorderly conduct due to their behavior toward a security officer and police.

Dukes said the security guard called the police to the hospital. He went outside with his boyfriend and his brother, still wearing his hospital gown and pushing a steroid and antibiotic IV drip.

Police spokesman Dave Bayless said that when the security officer spotted Mr Dukes and the other two men they were no longer on hospital property.

"They [the police] took my rescue inhaler and began to transport me to the city lockup, while in transit I began to have a seizure, and subsequently am asthma attack, I pleaded with officers for nearly four minutes to retrieve my inhaler from the transporting officer, and finally, when I became unresponsive, it miraculously appeared". He said he "pleaded with officers for nearly 4 minutes to retrieve my inhaler" before he became unresponsive, eventually getting his inhaler.

He said no racial slurs or racially-charged comments were made by any of the officers at the scene.

"Several social media posts have since been created which contain inaccurate information regarding the incident and departmental response".

On Monday, Freeport police told United States media that an external investigator would assess whether officers handled the arrest appropriately.

It added that the IV was removed "at the request of the subject by FHN medical personnel (not security or police)".

The police department told ABC News that per their investigation, "at no time did any doctor or nurse give that patient or any patient permission to leave the hospital while still hooked to an IV machine".

In a statement posted on Facebook, Freeport Police urged "the public to reserve judgment while a complete review of the incident is performed". "Therefore I determined that Shaquille was not going to be charged with Attempted theft, but he would still be charged with Disorderly Conduct for the confrontation with" the security guard". Two of the men were also charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest, according to a Freeport police press release issued June 17.

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