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SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. -- South Holland police issued an update today on the investigation surrounding a video of confrontation between a driver and an officer that was posted online.

Chief Baker of the South Holland Police Dept. calls the interaction between the offenders inside the car and the officer outside not keeping with the departments high standards.

“Our younger officer was subjected to thing that he hasn't had a lot of experience with and got upset,” Chief Baker said.

Jordan James was one of the people inside the car and one of those offenders at the center of the stop last week.

“They didn't even tell me why I got pulled over. They just said it was because I'm me,” James told WGN News.

Chief Baker explained a crime had occurred in another community.  “That's community notified us because we have had contact with the offender and we said that if we see him that we would stop and detain that offender and contact that community.”

Chief Baker says it is a regrettable interaction for a department he says has a good reputation.

“Everyone has their own opinion,” Chief Baker said.  “Mr. James has had some dealings  with our department but it doesn't matter the issues that you've had. Our jobs as police officers is to treat everyone with respect and dignity that they deserve. At least with this particular incident, we did not practice that.”

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2 comments

  • Marcus Larrieu

    This is not the first time this officer dispayed his unprofessional behavior. This same officer jumped and yelled at my mother, put his finger in her face, and chest bumped her when she when she was having a verbal disagreement with a deceitful business owner of Extreme Highway Towing and Recovery in South Holland. We complained to the SHPD and nothing was done but this police officer. This incident occurred at the end of April 2015. I am happy somebody caught his unprofessional behavior on video.

  • Marcus Larrieu

    This not the first time this police officer displayed his unprofessional behavior. This same officer yelled at my mother, put his finger in her face, and chest bumped her when she was having a verbal disagreement with a deceitful business owner of Extreme Highway Towing and Recovery in South Holland, IL. We complained to the SHPD and nothing was done about this police officer. This incident occurred in April 2015. I am happy somebody caught his unprofessional behavior on video.