In a new report, Ars Technic’s Chris Voss details how the Rockford Police Department used racial bias and excessive use of force to justify its use of excessive force against African-American men.
In a 2015 incident, a Rockford police officer pulled over a car that had a woman inside it, according to the report.
When the officer approached the car, he noticed a woman in the passenger seat.
He asked her if she was pregnant.
The officer, according the report, “began to verbally confront the woman, saying, ‘If you can’t give me your ID, I’m going to kick your ass.'”
When the woman replied that she had her identification, the officer “grabbed her by the neck and violently pushed her out of the car.”
She said she screamed at him, and he allegedly “begged her for her ID.”
He then allegedly continued to “pull her by her hair and shove her back into the car as if he was going to take her to the police station,” according to Voss.
The woman said that she was in tears when she arrived at the Rockton Police Department.
She told police that she “felt so unsafe,” according the police report.
After her arrest, she told the officer that she needed help to drive because she was “very drunk,” the report stated.
According to the Rockfield Police Department, officers did not arrest the woman for driving under the influence.
The report also says that officers allegedly told the woman that she would have to go to the hospital for testing because she had a blood alcohol content of 0.19.
The Rockford officer did not identify himself as a Rockfield police officer, but Voss wrote that he was a “former officer with the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office” and “had been a member of the Rock Island County Police Department since 2006.”
Rockford was a small, rural town of about 1,500 people about 45 minutes southwest of Chicago.
The police department said that it “follows a zero-tolerance policy in officer-involved shootings and that officers are trained to use the utmost care and caution in their use of deadly force.”
The report found that in one incident, officers had to use “fearless and de-escalating tactics” to calm a group of young black men.
When one of the men asked to see his ID, one officer told him that “he did not have to tell him to stop and the officers could ask for the ID, he told the other man, who was wearing a hoodie and jeans.
The officers then pulled the hoodie over his head, punched him in the face and put him in a chokehold.”
The Rockville, Illinois, police department did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
Ars has contacted the Rockville Police Department for comment and will update this article if we receive a response.
Ars reached out to Rockford’s police department to see if they had received the report or if they were aware of it.
They did not respond to our request for comments.
Rockford is one of many small cities that have experienced police killings and other incidents of brutality over the past year.
In July, an 18-year-old black man was fatally shot by a police officer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Earlier this month, a white man was killed by a white police officer after an argument over a broken taillight in Chicago.
And in September, an officer in Houston, Texas, shot and killed 17-year old Rashan Johnson after Johnson allegedly grabbed a police gun and pointed it at the officer.