This case has spurred quite a bit of controversy here. As usual, in a smaller community, personalities are taken into account more so than principals. I know Dennis Lancaster - he's mouthy and can be a punk. However; the police department here is notorious for being full of testosterone, nepotism, cover-ups, and we have a State's Attorney who is spineless in holding anyone accountable.
Dennis was handcuffed behind a bar and kicked the officer. It resulted in Dennis being taken to the ground - his arm broken in 4 places and his face fucked up. Charges were not immediately filed against Lancaster. The officer was not injured. Lancaster has filed a complaint with the FBI...
Excessive force or warranted?
SourceA Jacksonville man facing arrest on multiple charges stemming from a Friday night incident behind a downtown bar has been discharged from a Springfield hospital.
Dennis B. Lancaster, 27, was released from St. John’s Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday.
Lancaster was injured while struggling with a Jacksonville police officer behind Don’s Place on West Morgan Street. Police accused Lancaster of kicking an officer after he was handcuffed and being detained. The officer took the man to the ground to subdue him, resulting in injuries.
While Lancaster was at Passavant Area Hospital Friday night, he was unruly with the staff, a police spokesman said Saturday. Police were called about 10:40 p.m. Friday to the hospital because Lancaster apparently cursed at employees, the spokesman added.
Charges against Lancaster are pending, according to the police department.
Dennis B. Lancaster, 27, was sought on two felony charges of aggravated battery of a police officer and misdemeanor counts of resisting a peace officer and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from an incident Sept. 4 behind a downtown bar in which he was handcuffed and detained by a Jacksonville Police officer.
The charges accuse Lancaster of “causing bodily harm to” and making “contact of an insulting or provoking nature” with Sgt. Rodney Cox when he kicked the officer. Lancaster is accused of resisting the officer and creating a disturbance at the bar.
The FBI is reviewing the incident behind Don’s Place at 207 W. Morgan St. that resulted in injuries to Lancaster’s face and arm. The federal agency has jurisdiction in civil rights matters.SourcePolice Chief Anthony “Tony” Grootens said the FBI notified him Friday it had received a complaint and requested police reports. The reports will be reviewed along with the information Lancaster gave authorities and the FBI will determine whether an investigation is warranted.
Grootens said Cox was not injured in the incident. Lancaster was taken to Passavant Area Hospital and transferred to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was released from the hospital Sept. 6 and said his arm was broken in four places and that he had to have a plate and two screws put in and have his face stitched by a plastic surgeon.
Cox filed a use-of-force report, which the police department requires regardless of whether someone is injured. The report was reviewed by Jacksonville Police Department officials, who concluded Cox followed department policies and procedures. Cox said earlier that Lancaster kicked him while handcuffed, so he took him to the ground. Lancaster said he “didn’t lay a hand” on the officer.