- Sep 24, 2008
(Source [https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/01/us/illinois-man-with-iv-arrested/index.html])A black man says he was racially profiled by white police officers while he was being treated at an Illinois hospital and went for a walk hooked up to an IV drip.
Police arrested Shaquille Dukes, 24, of misdemeanor disorderly conduct after a security guard called them, saying that Dukes was trying to steal medical equipment.
The Freeport Police Department confirmed Sunday in a statement that Dukes filed a complaint "alleging unfair and biased conduct by responding officers." The department said it has retained an outside, third-party investigator to "gather the facts, interview all parties involved, and determine whether officers conducted themselves in adherence to department policies and guidelines."
Dukes wrote on Facebook that he was on vacation in Freeport, about 100 miles west of Chicago, when he came down with double pneumonia and went to the hospital. He told CNN he was admitted to FHN Memorial Hospital for two days.
On the morning of the second day, June 9, he said he was feeling better and asked doctors if he could go for a walk. He went outside with his boyfriend and his brother, still wearing his hospital gown and pushing a steroid and antibiotic IV drip.
As they went outside, Dukes said a security guard called them over to his car and asked if they were trying to "leave the hospital and sell the IV equipment on eBay."
"I was livid, I was irate," Dukes said. "The first thing he said to me wasn't, 'What's your name? Can I help you?' but 'Are you stealing this?'" Dukes said his boyfriend began recording the encounter, as Dukes was trying to explain to the security guard that they were on a walk.
That's when the security guard called for police backup, Dukes told CNN. He said the guard told police, "I have three black males attempting to steal medical equipment from the hospital."
Police arrested all three men, charging them with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Two of the men were also charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest, according to a Freeport police press release issued June 17.
Dukes told CNN that before his arrest, police officers took his emergency inhaler and his IV was removed, though not by a doctor. Police said in a June 18 statement that the IV was removed by FHN medical personnel.
First off... yup, another day in America. If I wasn't so devoid of hope for this country that I'm actively filling out papers to move to Canada, I would be heartbroken even more
Now, I'm of two minds.
One, I think Dukes was wrong for saying he was 'racially profiled by white police officers'. I'm not putting any stock into their motivations (as of yet), but I'm not going to say they racially profiled him.
The Security Guard did. The Security Guard called in three black men trying to steal Hospital property. The Police were following up on a call. At this moment, was it the right call (it wasn't) isn't up for debate. But they were responding to the complaint. At that whit, their hands were tied.
Now. Moving forward to Two, there did seem to be some malice. In a post Eric Garner world, you need to take the care of those you have in custody seriously. None of them are medically trained, but they removed an IV? Something that goes into your blood vessels? Really? That seemed like a good idea?
And he had an asthma attack and they wouldn't let him have an inhaler? I just spoke about Eric Garner. Breathing is a very important thing to humans. I had a few asthma attacks when I was younger. Do you know what it feels like? Drowning. It is a frightening feeling, and all you want is relief. And they denied him that until they got to a police station. I will definitely put this squarely on police because that's cruel and unusual treatment that has no basis in the world.
I'm really done with this country. If we have any Canadian women who would like to date and marry me, I'm reasonably fit, I can cook very well, and I'll soon have a Trading Securities License in America and Canada. Take me, please.