The Alton, Illinois police department is launching an internal affairs investigation into the incident regarding a patrol officer who appears to be macing two teenagers handcuffed in a holding cell on surveillance video.
The video is dated as January 26, 2015, however, Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons says he didn’t receive the completed “use of force” report on the incident until May 6. Simmons also says wasn’t made aware of the incident until late March.
James Gray, the president of the Alton Branch of the NAACP, was anonymously mailed a copy of the video. The anonymous source also sent a copy to the Madison State’s Attorney’s Office.
Police say the teenagers were arrested for an “egregious” incident, but Simmons says there needs to be new policies so he receives these reports sooner.
“Obviously, he made a huge mistake. An error in judgement. Because of that, he will be looked at, and possibly, discipline will be handed down,” Simmons said.
The mayor of Alton says the video may have been released the video as part of a character assassination against the police chief. The chief has been criticized for some changes he’s made.