Rockford city leaders look into a welfare check from October. Police officers say the incident involves the police chief and a civil rights activist.
We got a copy of the police report courtesy of Ken DeCoster, with our media partner WNTA. The report was filed by Rockford police officer D'Evyron Boone. On October 30th, he and two other officers were called to a home on the city's near-northwest side for a welfare check. When they got there, they were met by Lloyd Johnston. He's the Rockford NAACP president. Officer Boone writes that the welfare check was for Johnston's 24 year-old son, identified as "Quincy" in the report. Boone claims Lloyd wouldn't let the three cops into his house. Boone says he informed Lloyd they wouldn't leave until they could check on Quincy, even if they had to kick the door in. The officers called a supervisor to the house.
Boone says, Lloyd then made a call on his cell phone to Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson. According to the police report, Lloyd told the chief, "The police are trying to come into my house and I don't know why. Officer Boone said they were going to kick in my door." The chief replied, "Don't let them into the house and tell them to leave." The chief was going to call for a supervisor to come to Lloyd's house.
There's disagreement over Officer Boone's claim that Chief Epperson said "tell them to leave." According to our media partners, Johnston claims Chief Epperson never told him to tell the officers to leave. Once a supervising officer arrived at the scene that night, Lloyd and his son Quincy came outside and police did not see any visible injuries on either of them. Quincy said he was okay and all the officers then left.
We've tried contacting Johnston, but he hasn't returned our calls. We also tried Chief Epperson's office. They said the city's Human Resources Department Director Julia Valdez is handling comments on this incident.
Valdez says there is an internal investigation into this incident, but Chief Epperson isn't the focus. Other than that, the city can't comment.
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