Rockford police officer cleared

Rockford police officer cleared

By Jeff Havens, Staff Writer

Rockford Police Officer Mike Dalke was cleared of charges on Jan. 17 that he used excessive force in subduing Rockford resident Tom Klonicki during an incident on Nov. 13, 2002. Klonicki said police abused him during their attempt to subdue him for transport to medical care for a seizure he suffered while working.

Rockford Police Chief Steve Pugh said it was unfortunate Klonicki was hurt during the struggle, but said Dalke acted properly.

Klonicki alleged in his complaint that Dalke punched, kicked, and body slammed him to the ground. Klonicki based his accusations on several eyewitness’ accounts of the incident because he was incoherent for all but the very end of the incident, Klonicki said.

The investigation was headed by Lt. Tom Gibbons, head of the police department’s Internal Affairs. Gibbons recommended that Dalke be exonerated of the charges after interviewing witnesses.

Pugh said much of Klonoicki’s complaint was based on co-worker Eric King’s statements. According to Pugh, King’s testimony didn’t agree with other witnesses–mainly fire and police personnel.

Attempts to reach Dalke and Klonicki were not successful at the time of publication.

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