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Racial Profiling Report

Racial Profiling Report

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The internal review conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff's Department after a former McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy In November 2008 claimed that he was fired for attempting to report an incident of racial profiling.
The internal review conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff's Department after a former McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy In November 2008 claimed that he was fired for attempting to report an incident of racial profiling.

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Published by: Northwest Herald on May 25, 2011
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On March 16, 2011, Sgt. Patenaude contacted retired Sergeant Q via telephone.
Patenaude advised Q that his name was brought up in the course of this internal
investigation. Patenaude explained that during a formal interview, he learned
that Q reportedly trained Deputy H to follow the Illinois State Police guidelines
for LEADS and mark Hispanics as Caucasian. Patenaude asked Q if he had
advised Deputy H in this manner. Q advised that he may have said something
like that to H. Q stated that he did not remember the exact conversation, but
that he may have directed H to complete the forms in that manner. Q further
advised that he had never noticed H to be partial to any race during the time
that he worked with and trained him.

Patenaude asked Q if he remembered training or advising Dep. E to follow the
same guidelines. Q advised that he did not train E and from what he can
remember, he did not instruct E on how to complete the racial profiling data.

After speaking with Q and reviewing the deputies’ answers to the questionnaire
listing their FTO’s, we discovered a connection between Q and the four deputies
with the most elevated percentages of apparent “mismarked” tickets (H, E, G,
and former deputy D). Q was H’s field training officer. H was G’s field training
officer. H worked on the afternoon shift with E and D in 2007 and early 2008.
Though E and D did not remember Q or H being the person(s) that talked openly
about marking the traffic stop data, this may have contributed to the spread of
bad practices throughout that time period.

Q

D H E

G

A check of Q’s statistics for that time revealed he wrote 2 citations in 2007, 1
marked Caucasian and 1 marked Hispanic. He wrote no written warnings and 8
stop cards, all marked Caucasian. In 2008, he wrote no citations or warnings
and only 1 stop card, marked Caucasian. After reviewing his traffic tickets, it did
not appear that Q had mismarked any of his traffic stop data during this time
frame.

SUMMARY REPORT – IR 10-028

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SUMMARY REPORT – INTERNAL REVIEW 10-028 2010

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