Inmate sues Joliet police for million dollars, wants jury trial
JOLIET, IL – A 40-year-old man from Joliet who had resided in Will County Jail since his felony aggravated his battery’s early morning arrest on November 27, 2020 has filed a civil action against the Police Department of Joliet looking for a jury. an award of $ 1 million for his pain and suffering, distress, mental and physical damage and all injuries he suffered.
Love Lee Walker Jr. drafted his trial from Will County Jail, where he remains in custody with $ 250,000 bail. Walker filed a lawsuit, which meant he did so without the help of a practicing lawyer. The overwhelming majority of pro lawsuits brought by prisoners at the Will County Courthouse end up being dismissed by their assigned judges.
But Walker is determined to succeed.
“Joliet police officers Teresa Reed (and) Juan Acosta took charge of the incident without knowing what was happening when they arrived,” Walker wrote in his trial. “This policeman from Joliet started beating the inmate for no reason, leaving the inmate with bruises and lacerations.
“Agent Acosta did not activate the body camera during the incident.”
New city manager Jim Capparelli also made no attempt to equip Joliet police officers with body cameras five months after starting his job.
Regardless, Walker’s trial indicates that the incident that led to his arrest and hospitalization began around 11:15 p.m. on November 26 in the Raynor Avenue area.
“After Juan Acosta (and) Teresa Reed arrived at the scene, Agent Acosta immediately jumped out of the team’s car and started yelling at Love Lee Walker Jr. for no apparent reason,” wrote the detainee in his trial. “And after Officer Acosta approached Love Lee Walker Jr. on the ground, the officer then said, ‘Where’s the gun?’ but no weapon was ever found or found on the complainant. “
Walker’s lawsuit states he was on the ground in handcuffs and that “Constable Acosta for no reason began beating the complainant for no apparent reason, leaving Love Lee Walker Jr. with head injuries and eye edema right, stomach problems and lacerations. “
During the incident, Constable Reed subpoenaed Walker for five seconds, Walker wrote in his lawsuit.
“Take note that Officer Joliet Acosta failed to activate the body camera and said that ‘This is what we do to inmates fleeing from the police. We beat them and make sure that (our) ass is safe and covered and we make sure you will never see inside (of) our police department area with these injuries.
Walker wrote in his trial that the Joliet police did not follow the rules of policy “by not treating the detainee in the proper manner”.
Lawyers for the city of Joliet have yet to respond to Walker’s pro se lawsuit.
However, the Will County State Attorney’s Office took a very different position on Walker’s case, charging Walker with four counts of aggravated battery.
One charge states that Walker “had physical contact of an insulting or provocative nature with Juan Acosta, knowing that Juan Acosta was a peace officer … in the sense that the accused pushed Juan Acosta towards the body.”
His second charge states that Walker “caught Juan Acosta about the body” and the third charge states that Walker bit Officer Erick Gutierrez “about the leg”.
Walker’s fourth aggravated battery charge indicates that he caused bodily harm to Dr Jon Strotkamp, who is an emergency medical services physician at AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center “in the sense that the accused has bit Dr. Jon Strotkamp about the hand. “
On November 27, Joliet Patch published an article about Walker’s arrest which was titled, “Man Puts Agent Joliet in Mind, Bites St. Joe’s Doctor: Cops.”
Police in Joliet said police arrived at the disturbance on Raynor Avenue at around 11:15 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
“Walker was involved in a verbal altercation with his neighbors and was walking towards them in an aggressive manner,” according to police reports.
When officers attempted to intervene and resolve the issue, Walker ran to his home and pushed one of the officers, according to police reports.
“During the fight, Walker placed the officer in a headlock. An officer arriving at the scene then tasered Walker, and he was taken into custody without further incident,” police said. at the time.