Hoopeston police investigating claims of abuse

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 Hoopeston - The Hoopeston Police Department says it is investigating abuse claims resulting from a video that allegedly shows an altercation between a senior citizen and a police officer.

Hoopeston police say the investigation was launched on May 16, after a video of an alleged altercation between an officer and a senior citizen was posted on a social media website.  Police also say they investigated why officers were called to that location in the first place.

Authorities say on May 16 at about 1:13 a.m., Hoopeston police officers were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of East Penn Street in regards to a disturbance complaint.  Officers say they talked with a woman who reported that she went to the home to get her 16-year-old daughter.  The woman also said that there was a disturbance, and as a result she called police.

According to Hoopeston police, when the officers arrived at the home, three males, ages ranging from late teens to early twenties, came out of the house and started yelling.  Officers told the males to lower their voices, and attempted to collect information from everyone.  Hoopeston police say a senior citizen then begins yelling at officers while they attempted to collect information, even after repeatedly being asked to lower his voice.  The officers say the man refused to go in the house or stop obstructing, so the man was detained, handcuffed, and placed into a squad car until order could be restored.  Officers also say when the situation appeared to calm down, the man was released from custody.

Authorities say the officers acknowledged that they saw the senior citizen's wrist bleeding.  However, authorities say the senior citizen did not seek medical treatment after police left the scene.  Hoopeston police say one person at the scene was arrested on a city ordinance offense for disobeying police.

The Hoopeston Police Department says all reports relevant to the initial call are being referred to the Vermilion County State's Attorney's Office for review and possible criminal charges.  The department also says the officers' actions are still the subject of an internal investigation.

We will provide more details as they become available.

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