SPRINGFIELD — On February 27, 2017, the Illinois State Police (ISP) was requested by the Springfield Police Department (SPD) to investigate a report of an altercation between an on-duty SPD Officer and a 19 year-old male from Springfield.
The officer had been dispatched to a residence during the evening of the 27th to investigate a domestic disturbance. A 19 year-old male (not the suspect from the Domestic Disturbance) became upset, and a verbal altercation ensued, which led to a physical confrontation between the officer and the male. The 19 year-old male was not arrested. The incident was captured on the officer’s body worn camera, as well as another responding officer's body worn camera.
The video evidence was provided by the Springfield Police Department to ISP investigators, who then consulted with the Sangamon County State's Attorney's office. The officer was arrested at 6:00 a.m. on February 28, 2017, at the Springfield Police Department on charges of Battery and Official Misconduct.
Battery is a Misdemeanor, punishable by possible imprisonment of up to one year at a facility other than a penitentiary. Official Misconduct is a Felony, punishable by possible imprisonment of more than one year at a penitentiary.
This is an active and ongoing investigation.
All future media releases related to this incident will be handled by the Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office.
The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.