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ISP Arrests Springfield Police Officer For Official Misconduct And Battery

UPDATE:

The name of the police officer arrested has been identified as 32-year-old Samuel Rosario, a two-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department. He was charged with one count of official misconduct and two counts of battery. Official misconduct is a Class 3 felony which carries a sentence ranging from probation to 2-5 years in prison. Battery is a Class A misdemeanor which carries a sentence of probation or jail time. Rosario made his first court appearance Tuesday and posted his $10,000 bond. His next court appearance is March 16.

Rosario is currently on unpaid administrative leave.

ORIGINAL:

Illinois State Police (ISP) have arrested a Springfield Police Officer for official misconduct and battery.

On Monday, the Springfield Police Department asked ISP to investigate a report of an altercation between an officer and a 19-year-old man from Springfield.

The officer had been dispatched to a residence during the evening of the 27th to investigate a domestic disturbance. A 19-year-old male (not the suspect from the Domestic Disturbance) became upset, and a verbal altercation ensued, which led to a physical confrontation between the officer and the male. The 19-year-old male was not arrested. The incident was captured on the officer’s body worn camera, as well as another responding officer's body worn camera.
The video evidence was provided by the Springfield Police Department to ISP investigators, who then consulted with the Sangamon County State's Attorney's office. The officer was arrested at 6:00 a.m. on February 28, 2017, at the Springfield Police Department on charges of Battery and Official Misconduct.

The officer could get up to one year at a facility other than a penitentiary for the alleged battery. Official Misconduct is a Felony, punishable by possible imprisonment of more than one year at a penitentiary.

The investigation is ongoing.


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