SPRINGFIELD — Following an investigation requested by Champaign city officials, the FBI on Monday said no criminal civil rights violations occurred in a June 5 arrest that has some residents alleging police brutality.
The bureau's Springfield office emailed its findings to The News-Gazette on Monday. The statement, in its entirety, reads, "The FBI reviewed the facts and circumstances surrounding a video of an arrest on 6/5/2011 by the Champaign Police Department. From a federal civil rights perspective, this review did not reveal any federal criminal civil rights violations."
Last month, City Manager Steve Carter said he found the video of the June 5 arrest "troubling," particularly the arresting officer's use of pepper spray and other tactics used in detaining a subject who apparently was stopped for jaywalking.
Carter and State's Attorney Julia Rietz asked for a review of the incident from the Illinois State Police. That investigation cleared the officer, but Champaign officials were displeased with the scope of the report.
The state police review, Mayor Don Gerard said, was not an investigation into the incident, but rather a review of the Champaign department's own policies.
Champaign officials requested the FBI investigation after they decided the state police review of the incident was not adequate.