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A black patient at an Illinois hospital says he was arrested while still attached to an IV machine after his doctor suggested he take a walk.
Shaquille Dukes was treated for double pneumonia and asthma last month in Freeport, Illinois, according to in a Facebook post. As he was leaving Freeport Health Network Memorial Hospital, Dukes said he was stopped by a white security guard who accused him of leaving the hospital to sell the IV equipment on eBay.
The guard called the Freeport Police Department, according to the post , one of the respondents' duties Dukes he was arrested for attempted theft "of the IV equipment that was clearly attached to my arm."
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"Officers stood by and watched while my IV was removed on the sidewalk, and it was NOT by a doctor," Dukes wrote. "I don't care why you're here to jail." "
" Cellphone video of Duke being handcuffed in his hospital gown has been viewed nearly 135,000 times on Facebook. While in transit after his arrest, Dukes said he had a delay and an attack, but the transport officers didn't retrieve his inhaler until he became unresponsive.
"This is one of the most racist cities in America," Dukes wrote. "I make this post for pity, but as a beacon of hope for all black and brown minorities dealing with the City of Freeport."
Police, however, say Dukes' description of events is inaccurate and urged the public to " reserve judgment "while the incident is being reviewed. According to a statement from police, three people got into a "verbal dispute" with hospital security that resulted in their arrest on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges.
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Two of the individuals were also charged with resisting or obstructing a peace officer, according to police. The statement also noted that Dukes' IV was removed by medical personnel, not security or police
Police have since released body camera footage of the incident, which Freeport Police Chief Todd Barkalow customs ABC News shows his officers "handled it in the best way they could … given the situation that they had in front of them. "
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"It was probably not trying to steal any of the property. But the charges were supported for disorderly conduct with their actions toward the security guard," Barkalow told the outlet.
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