Lake County Sheriff Announces Changes to Use of Force Policy

Sheriff John Idleburg thanks Lake County residents for peaceful protests; shares new Deadly Force policy

Photo: Sheriff John D. Idleburg
Lake County Sheriff John D. Idleburg, who published Use of Force Policies on Tuesday. Photo: Lake County Sheriff

Lake County Sheriff John D. Idleburg on Tuesday announced that he has changed Lake County’s approach to use of force, and has published the revised policy online, in an effort to be transparent. The new Use of Force policy now mandates that staff must intervene if they witness anyone using excessive force. The revised policy can be found here.

“Nobody is allowed to idly stand by if there is a situation where excessive force is being used,” said the statement, “Using force is only used as a last resort. We have dozens of success stories where we have responded to very unstable situations where someone was in crisis which ended successfully, without using force, because of communicating effectively.”

In the aftermath of the Minneapolis death of George Floyd, Idleburg has issued several statements regarding the use of force and racism.

“Nobody is allowed to idly stand by if there is a situation where excessive force is being used”

Sheriff John d. Idleburg

“We are keenly aware racism exists today, even though it has no place in our society. We know every single person has their own views of law-enforcement based on their own experiences, the experiences of family members, or the experiences of friends.  We always remember this when we interact with the community.  While it is our responsibility to enforce the law, we understand everyone views us differently and we must always be very consciousness of that,” said Idleburg.

Idleburg’s entire statement can be found here.

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder and managing editor of the Local Newsreader, which covers hyper-local news in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and two wild beasts named Ladybug and Juney P.

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