CHICAGO (CBS) — Two Fox Lake police officers and a detective have been suspended after acknowledging they broke department rules during an altercation with a drunken suspect in custody last year.
Officials also released video of the altercation inside the Fox Lake police station, which shows 36-year-old Jeffrey Grzonka in a cell after his arrest for public intoxication on Dec. 5, 2014.READ MORE: New Illinois Laws To Protect Sex Crime Victims' Privacy Take Effect Jan. 1
“While being processed and placed in a cell, he spit at one officer, and made threatening comments,” said Village Administrator Anne Marrin.
She said Grzonka also put his clothes over a camera in his cell, “prompting Officer Jason Baldowsky to enter the cell, shove the arrestee into a concrete seating area, and place his hand around the arrestee’s neck.”
As officers moved him to another cell, they shoved him into a wall and a door.
“While Mr. Grzonka’s treatment at the hands of these officers does not rise to the level of what we have seen in the public lately, it is not acceptable, and not the conduct expected by a Fox Lake police officer,” Marrin said.
Gzonka did not want to file a complaint, but the village offered him a $4,000 settlement, which he accepted.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Cloudy Overnight With Snow Flurries For Some
“Just to be clear here, his disorderly behavior – while inexcusable – did not authorize or justify these officers’ conduct,” Marrin said.