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DPD statement on Feb. 12 incident

Posted on 02/13/2020
City of Davenport logo (Police DepartmentOn Wednesday, February 12th at approximately 7:40 AM, the Davenport Police Department received information regarding a stolen vehicle from Moline that was tracked to the 1600 block of Eastern Avenue near Washington Elementary and Sudlow Intermediate. Upon responding, officers observed five occupants fleeing from the vehicle.  

While searching the immediate area for the fleeing suspects, a 13-year-old Sudlow student was spotted that fit the description given by officers– included the attire he was wearing. Two officers and a plain-clothed sergeant stopped the young man.

The young man was stopped and questioned briefly by officers. He was patted down, and asked to sit in the back of the squad car with the door open. At no time during the incident were weapons drawn. At this time, one of the officers contacted the mother of the student to explain the situation. From the phone conversation, it was determined that the student was not involved with the stolen vehicle. During the course of this incident, three other juveniles were arrested and charged with Theft 1st. They were then transferred to Juvenile Detention Center.

Following the phone conversation with the student’s mother, an officer took the young man, who was visibly upset, back to school.

Leadership of the Davenport Police Department has reviewed the body cam videos and determined that the officers involved followed proper procedure and acted professionally during this interaction.

The Davenport Police Department recognizes that the 13 year old student was shaken by this interaction and understands the frustration felt by his parents. Chief Paul Sikorski has taken proactive steps, including meeting with the parents of the student, to discuss what happened. We are committed to working together toward a community where all citizens feel safe and respected.

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