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FMR Island Lake Resident

Antioch, IL

#24 Feb 18, 2010
Island Lake has had a string of bully cops in their department and a few great officers as well.
Green and Wall are very honest individuals however I have permanently left Island Lake after living there for over 20 years due to the way I've personally been treated and harassed by rookie officers. Last night I was on my way back from the Hospital passing through Island Lake when an Officer in this HUGE SUV whipped out behind me and tailgated me from Converse Park all the way to Wauconda. I felt very unsafe, intimidated and harassed. There was no need for an officer to follow that closely, especially if a deer jumped out in front of me and that does happen past Darrell rd. I have NUMEROUS harassing stories from the rookie cops in that department, it's like a breeding ground for the SS... It's PROTECT AND SERVE, not HARASS and INTIMIDATE. All these guys want to do is make money, they could care less about your saftey as they have proved to me and other citizens in the past...

United States

#25 Mar 1, 2010
McHenry County Sheriff's officer said to me 30 years ago when I called police for help after being raped by a 72 year old hotel manager with a key to my room (he'd been in prison for 12 years previously for rape I found out from his wife later who he had let out of the mental hospital for a weekend break; he committed her so she wouldn't tell anyone who he really was)The Cop says; "I'm not going to file a report because I think you were asking for it and probably enjoyed it." Recently, the Crystal Lake police were called for a possible break in. The person tried so hard to bust in the back door in the middle of the night, the pictures fell off the walls and broke glass. A week later, going to the City and asking for a copy of the report, I was told; "It never happened. That kind of stuff doesn't happen here. This is Crystal Lake. It never happened." When I realized this is really scary, I asked for the officers name. "Can't give it to you." I asked then for their Badge number. "I don't have to give you that either." By that time, 3 more officers were coming towards me. I left. Welcome to Mayberry.

United States

#26 Mar 1, 2010
FMR Island Lake Resident: I believe you. I've had police officers ride my rear bumper too. I had 2 officers tail me for 4 hours in the middle of the night driving across country. Of course I couldn't tell they were cops with their bright lights on me! They'd get real close then drop back, then speed up fast like they were going to hit me, then drop back. For 4 hours! By dawn, I could see their car and then they decided to pull me over. What a surprise they had when they saw I wasn't alone but had a big man sleeping in the back seat! They were playing games for 4 hours in the black of night! I was in a nearby town once and and a law enforcement cop pulled me over for going 5 miles over limit. He said I could give him $150 right then and there and he'd give me my license back. I told him I don't do business that way.(And I didn't have any money on me.) He said I had no choice because it was the weekend and their office was closed so it had to be cash. And if I didn't give him the money, he'd have to keep my license and I can't drive without a license so he'd have to arrest me for driving without a license! Plus, he'd have to put me in jail. I told him I was going to report him and he went back to his squad car. He came back to my window and said he made a mistake and this was his first traffic stop and instead he wrote me a ticket for speeding.....Of course he had his partner in the squad car that he had to talk to for a long time before deciding to just give me a ticket..... If the public would take the time to find out what the qualifications are for being an officer, you will learn that they take a psychology test that shows the amount of aggression, macho, and how ethical they aren't and police are hired based upon the "need" of the position....They don't hire people who have a problem with lying, cheating, hurting people. Nice guys don't fit the role....Welcome to Mayberry in the 21st century.
another victim

Palatine, IL

#27 Mar 10, 2010
why really is the police cheif suspended? did he accuse someone of living in island lake and idiot? if so, we are all going to jail. yeps, thems, gotts, toos, bees, assss, moron to lives heres--arrest me please & relocate me to a real "friendly" place to live.
A concerned mother

Woodstock, IL

#28 Apr 28, 2010
I might want to add that the WOODSTOCK POLICE MOST OF THEM NOT ALL OF THEM are def biast and show favorites with the people who WORK for them.. Very rude and alot of the times don't want to do there jobs like enforce the LAW!!!!!!!!!!

Chicago, IL

#29 May 2, 2010
LITH is active - they respect the home owner - do not tolerate drugs on the street or those that abuse kids - the police force rocks & we have a local watch that cares.
Past Victom

Crystal Lake, IL

#30 May 31, 2010
I would just like to say that I 110% agree with everyone who says Island Lake police officers SUCK!!! I was once a victim of their crooked ways, thrown to the ground and treated like a peice of garbage (cuts and bruises to prove it w/photos)All for defending a friend of mine whom they were mistreating! The police officer, I beleive by the name of Matelli? literally threw me into the gravel road, and dug his foot in my back, then tried to get people to lie and say I spit in his face to justify his actions. Of course no one agreed to his lie because clearly I did not spit in his face. I was arrested, taken into custody to sit at the station for over an hour just to be slapped w/ a ticket for public intoxication! I was transported by ambulance to the hospital to be treated for the injuries that this police officer was responsible for. I was mortified and was in utter shock to be experiencing something so unjust for no reason. When explaining to the nurse who treated me what had happened, she said "don't you know by now? You can't trust the police." In the days to follow I could not come up with any good reason for why I was treated the way I was. Was it because I was female? Was it because I was hispanic? Why did I have cuts and bruises on both arms and elbows when I wasn't even charged with anything? All they had given me was a ticket. I followed up with a formal letter to the Island Lake police department with photos showing my injuries, delivered the letter myself and to this day, no response from the cowardly and corrupt police department. So yes, I fully agree, they are scum, liars, and definately falsely accuse people of made up stories to cover their own a$$e$! They are not to be trusted!
another victim

Waukegan, IL

#31 Jun 29, 2010
There arent too many posts here, but there should be...hard to find & post stuff like this on the internet. Gumble = Officer Bumble. Officer Bumble Bee tried to make a sting on me & I had my armour on. Thank you God!
another victim

Waukegan, IL

#32 Jun 29, 2010
hey there Past Victom...I am so sorry u were treated like that..drunk or not, such disrepect & mistreatment is so sad.
island lake cops like men

Wonder Lake, IL

#34 Nov 2, 2010
yea they suck smacked me against a wall and i called them on a beating i saw how does that work..?
Concerned for your child

United States

#35 Dec 10, 2010
To call someone an idiot and then misspell several words in your commentary, how interesting. Then to go about how you have told your 8th old how all cops lie, do you know all cops? I assume you don't ,so in fact you have lied to your child by telling him an incorrect fact based purely on your bias opinion.How ironic.

Wauconda, IL

#36 Sep 7, 2011
This Island LakeLake police department is the worst I have ever dealt with. They don't care about there citizens at all. On cop actually told us to let our roommate go ahead and kill herself. Another one was rude on a phone call when I was calling to ask a question. There were numerous other encounters where they were of no assistance.
Judy Feigen

Wauconda, IL

#37 Sep 8, 2011
Crystal Lake Police wrote:
Soskin sounds like a Jew? Am I right?
What does that have to do with anything?

Mchenry, IL

#38 Sep 8, 2011
Well, sucks for them!
Village spent 25,000 to fire own police chief. Couple morons got higher positions. SEVEN ELEVEN is giving them free coffee and food. They should open substation right there unless they are waiting for Thortnons to do the same thing. Island Lake is tailgating most of their own residents.
They do what they can and they are allowed to do so by state unless someone has a lot of money and sue them all. ONE DAY WILL SOMEONE SMART WILL DO SO! Island Lake cops are killing business and their own town. Everyone is avoiding Island Lake.
Good luck all!

Chicago, IL

#39 Oct 14, 2011
McHenry Lady wrote:
I completely agree about the coruption among our local police departments... BUT, why are we slinging racial slurs and wild accusations (child molester)? If you want your point to be heard you should speak truths and respect others religious beliefs.
jack tyler

Mchenry, IL

#40 Dec 30, 2011
Just wondering how much it cost the tax payers of Island lake to have the squad cars modified for that little guy that lives in lakemoor.He's such a short little guy,but his wife is huge OMG HUGE!!I wonder how he got on her? Odd... Ya the tailgating tactic is so gay you little fag. Give it up,I don't drink or do drugs so you got nothing. Now I just drive around to piss you off you little jerk. Oh ya and why do you drive the squad to lakemoor for your breaks? Is it because you can't reach the pedals in your mini van? Mini van, for a mini man!!!! I love the internet LOL!!!
bad cop bad cop

United States

#41 Sep 24, 2012
you're a moron, you must be a cop.
Concerned for your child wrote:
To call someone an idiot and then misspell several words in your commentary, how interesting. Then to go about how you have told your 8th old how all cops lie, do you know all cops? I assume you don't ,so in fact you have lied to your child by telling him an incorrect fact based purely on your bias opinion.How ironic.

Woodstock, IL

#42 Mar 12, 2014
I had run in with Island Lake police. They lie. Handcuffed me in my front yard. THEN pepper sprayed me in the eyes for no reason. The whole police force showed up in court to lie under oath. They all said they saw what happened. The truth? Only one cop was there on scene. They are all a**holes. The biggest a**hole of them all is that PUNK "Klemm". He thinks he is so bad a*s. Talked the chief into buying the all black "SWAT" car. He goes to swat training, so he wants to play the part. Probably got beat up a lot in school. I moved out of that shitehole town.

Chicago, IL

#43 Mar 14, 2014
I hear you about bad cops they are all over the place, no one town is exempt from them. What ever happen to Serve and Protect is more like serve theselves and crew you.
I have never been soo aggravated with the PD since I moved to Elgin. IL
armpit of America

Crystal Lake, IL

#44 Nov 25, 2014
A few days ago Island lake police surrounded a parrent who pulled on to school property into a sea of children. If you need 5 cop cars to arrest one women. DONT DRIVE TO THE CENTER OF A MOB OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS TO DO IT! WAIT TILL SHE SAFLEY DRIVES AWAY FROM THE KIDS YOU RETARDS. and while your pulling people over for false reasons, WHY NOT GIVE TICKETS TO THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS WHO DRIVE LIKE COKED UP TAXI DRIVERS TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR FUCKED BUS SCHEDUAL. those bus drivers are extremly dangerous.

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