Fox Lake police release 3 videos of inmate abuse

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Fox Lake Police have released three videos showing police officers abusing an intoxicated inmate back in December 2014.

The Fox Lake Village Administrator Anne Marrin said they're releasing the videos Friday because they promised they'd be open and transparent in their investigation.

Marrin said while the videos do not rise to the level of what we have seen in other situations, referring to Chicago, she nevertheless found the behavior of her officers unacceptable.

"Just to be clear here his disorderly behavior, while inexcusable, did not authorize or justify these officers conduct," Marrin said.

Jeffrey Grzonka had been arrested on the morning of December 5, 2014 and put in the lock up at the Fox Lake Police Department where four officers were involved in various levels of inappropriate and abusive behavior.

Grzonka, who authorities say was highly intoxicated and verbally abusive to officers, was roughed up in two separate jail cells that morning.

"While Mr. Grzonka's treatment at the hands of these officers does not rise to the level of what we have seen in the public lately, it is not acceptable and not the conduct expected by a Fox Lake police officer," Marrin added.

Three officers have since accepted responsibility and been suspended for various lengths of time. A fourth officer has denied his responsibility and is currently still under investigation.

Just days after the full-scale investigation was launched in August the chief of police retired.

Both the FBI and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department continue to investigate the incident for possible criminal charges.

The village administrator said she was disappointed by what she saw from her officers on the video.

Marrin said that she has made changes to the department and does not believe there is a systemic problem that would require a federal investigation.

Just days after the former chief of police retired Lt. Joe Gliniewicz took his own life.

Marrin said that she does not believe the timing of that was anything more than coincidental and said the incidents were unrelated.

"Reforms at the Fox Lake Police Department are underway. Both this incident and the news of the embezzlement scheme concocted by Joe Gliniewicz  are stark reminders of what can happen when officers are not held accountable," Marrin said.

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