Fox Lake Police Chief Defends Investigation Officers Acted Properly in Beating Probe, Top Law Enforcement Official Says

By Filas, Lee | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 4, 2005 | Go to article overview

Fox Lake Police Chief Defends Investigation Officers Acted Properly in Beating Probe, Top Law Enforcement Official Says


Filas, Lee, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Lee Filas Daily Herald Staff Writer

Fox Lake Police Chief Ed Gerretsen said Friday his officers did everything correctly when investigating the beating of Ryan Hallett outside of K.C.' s Cabin in February.

Although Fox Lake police initially concluded Hallett started the incident, Illinois State Police have since accused a group of former and current police officers in the beating.

Indictments were handed down Thursday against Spring Grove police officer Ronald Pilati, 33, former Richmond police officer Brian Quilici, 33, and former Lincolnshire police officer Jerome Volstad, 41.

Jessica Thelen, 33, also was indicted by the McHenry County grand jury.

McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi said Fox Lake investigators concluded Hallett, 26, started a knife fight Feb. 20 with the three men that left him bloody and close to blind in the tavern's parking lot.

But that conclusion was countered by an Illinois State Police investigation that found the three men instigated the fight.

"The state police were called in because they were more removed from the situation and could take an objective look at what happened," Bianchi said Friday. "Simply stated, there is no explanation why the state police came to a different conclusion than the Fox Lake police."

In a written statement Thursday, Bianchi said, "The state's attorney's office and the sheriff's department want to extend their thanks and appreciation to the Illinois State Police for their professional, unbiased investigation into this case."

Gerretsen said his officers cooperated with the Illinois State Police investigation.

"We never attempted to cover anything up. In fact, there hasn't been any allegations of that taking place," he said. "The officers of the Fox Lake Police Department followed the proper procedures and conducted a proper investigation."

Hallett, 26, almost lost his right eye in the beating outside of the tavern at Wilmot Road and Route 173 in the McHenry County portion of Fox Lake.

According to police reports, Hallett was with a friend at the tavern when he got into an argument with the three men. Hallett escorted his friend to a car in the parking lot after the argument and was confronted by the men, police reports state.

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