Hoffman Estates Man Dies after Arrest Family Questions Police Treatment of Relative with Medical Problems
Tatum, Christine, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Christine Tatum Daily Herald Staff Writer
The family of a 24-year-old Hoffman Estates man is questioning why he died shortly after being released from police custody.
Logan Smith, who had a lifelong history of severe medical problems, died Monday at Hoffman Estates Medical Center. He had been released by Hoffman Estates police on bail several hours earlier.
Hoffman Estates police arrested Smith and his 18-year-old brother, Brian, shortly before 8 a.m. Monday. He died at about 11:30 p.m. that night.
Still unclear is what happened in between. Before he died, Logan Smith reportedly told his mother and doctors he had been kicked in the stomach by police officers. But there is no confirmation that Smith was struck, and Hoffman Estates police would not comment officially on the case Wednesday.
The official cause of death has not been determined, and further studies by the Cook County medical examiner are pending.
A doctor with the medical examiner's office said Wednesday he will run toxicology tests and check tissue samples to determine if bladder or kidney problems contributed to Smith's death.
Police department officials did not return telephone calls Wednesday, but police sources said they suspect Smith's death was linked to a long and ongoing medical history. Preliminary autopsy results show Smith was plagued by infection, police sources said.
Smith's family and representatives of Hoffman Estates Medical Center said he was born with multiple birth defects and was prone to kidney infections, making death from massive infection possible. But they also said he was born without the front part of his pubic bone, leaving him especially vulnerable to internal injuries if someone hit him in the lower abdomen.
Sources within the police department and Smith's family agree on a few details of the events leading to his arrest:
- Officer Greg Paulos stopped the Smiths' 1978 Buick just outside their home. The brothers had been inside the car, although it was unclear who had been driving. Logan Smith ran inside while Paulos questioned Brian Smith about an illegal turn he said the car made a couple of blocks away.
Paulos could not be reached for comment Wednesday. …