Law Enforcement Officials Remind Citizens that Filing False Police Reports or Complaints is a Crime and Can Result in Serious Charges and Possible Arrest
McLEAN COUNTY, IL -- The Illinois State Police (ISP) charged Gina Gonzalez of Lincoln Heights, IL, for filing a false police report against two ISP Officers.
In June of 2010, Gonzalez was arrested for driving without a license. Gonzalez filed a complaint in September alleging two ISP officers used excessive force and inappropriate behavior during the time of the arrest. The ISP’s Division of Internal Investigation conducted a thorough investigation of the evidence and determined the allegations were fabricated and unsubstantiated.
In July of 2011, Gonzalez was charged with filing a false report, a class 4 Felony. “The Illinois State Police take allegations of excessive force and inappropriate behavior very seriously and encourage citizens to report misconduct when it occurs,” stated ISP Director Hiram Grau. “However, we are concerned anytime false allegations are made against our officers because it unfairly tarnishes the integrity of their dedication and hard work as they go about their daily mission of protecting and saving the lives of Illinois citizens,” Grau added.
Law enforcement officials also used this opportunity to remind the public that filing a false police report or making false allegations can lead to arrest and possible jail time.
Gonzalez was arrested and charged for filing a false report (class 4 felony) and booked at the Tazewell County Jail on $25,000 bond. A court date is pending.
Illinois State Police serve to protect the property and safety of the citizens of Illinois. The public is reminded that Gonzalez is presumed innocent and must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecution.