From RPD and Mystateline:
A police Response to Resistance review board found that Rockford Police Officers “utilized the amount of force reasonable and necessary to affect the criminal arrest and criminal and destructive intent of those who were in attendance.”
Assistant Deputy Carla Redd said the review board looked at over 120 hours of video from the protests.
“I can say that the protests were mostly peaceful for the first 45 minutes,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Carla Redd said.
Around 6:05 p.m., about 250-300 protesters gathered outside the police headquarters, according to police. At approximately 6:49 p.m., police say protesters spray painted and dismantled the District 1 monument sign.
Around 7 p.m., police say an unidentified male returned pieces of the sign to Whisenand at the door to the station, an act which caused the protesters to gather at the front door of the station.
Demonstrators began throwing rocks at the building and officers guarding the building, and smashing windows.
During this time, police say several protesters tried to block other protesters from throwing rocks, but they were unsuccessful and eventually left the premises.
Twenty-two SWAT team members arrived at 7:32 p.m. to join the 26 officers stationed at the facility. Together, the SWAT team and the officers formed a skirmish line to block the protesters from gaining access to the building.
Police say the officers were ordered to retreat several times, but in each case the protesters advanced on the officers.
Illinois State Police Troopers, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Rockford Park District Police Officers arrived to assist the Rockford Police. At 8:28 p.m., police say they made announcements over a PA system that the protesters must disperse or face arrest.
According to the police department, “the force options utilized by officers included, but were not limited to, grabbing, punching, kicking, deployment OC (oleoresin capsicum), impact weapons, tasers, less lethal shotgun, baton, and sponge impact munitions, OC impact munitions and tear gas,” all of which are acceptable deterrents, according to department guidelines.
Police say 18 officers received minor injuries, and 25 rioters received minor injuries, and $45,000 worth of damage occurred to the Rockford Police Department District 1 headquarters.
Ten protesters were arrested.
They responded to this, in the video below
Posted by May 30th Alliance on Thursday, July 30, 2020
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