Chicago police explained they were merely acting on the orders of security guards when they handcuffed and detained a pair of journalists from a public median in front of a hospital Saturday.
They also said the security guards were kind enough not to press trespassing charges against the reporters, who were accused of trying to sneak past them into the private area of the hospital where a child drive-by shooting victim was being treated.
But WGN-TV News Director Greg Caputo said the reporters never stepped onto hospital property, so there was no reason to detain them in the first place.
Now the hospital says they are conducting an “internal investigation,” which means this is probably the last time we hear of the incident.
WGN-TV said the reporters were standing on a sidewalk in front of the hospital when the guards ordered them to leave, which was when they moved to the center median.
Check out the video on WGN-TV.
Here is the statement released by Chicago police:
“The Chicago Police Department did not charge anyone with criminal trespass in connection with today’s incident, which involved the unfortunate and senseless loss of a young child. We removed two individuals from the hospital at the request of hospital security guards, who asserted that the individuals had tried to go past them into secure and private areas of the hospital. The security guards declined to press charges and the individuals were released.
Our members were attempting to protect and respect both the grieving family members of the child, and the memory of the child herself during a very stressful time for all parties involved.
As always, we will carefully review the allegations in the event further action is warranted.”
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