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McMahon says Kane County jail inmate death caused by natural cause

No-refusal plan in place for Fourth of July

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon
Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon

ST. CHARLES – The death of an inmate at the Kane County Adult Justice Center in St. Charles on Jan. 24 has been attributed to natural causes, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said at his monthly media briefing.

He said the Illinois State Police provided his office with investigative reports on the incident for review. A report by Dr. Mitra Kalelkar, a forensic pathologist, stated that Alan Span, 48, of Elgin, died from coronary atherosclerosis, said McMahon, adding that the investigation review process has been closed and there was no misconduct among personnel.

When loss of life of someone in custody occurs, he said the cases deserve a high level of scrutiny and should be open and transparent. McMahon said the Illinois State Police oversees investigations when law enforcement officers’ actions are being weighed.

He said the number of cases of officer-involved shootings in the last three months has risen, citing incidents in various communities.

“[There’s] clearly a spike reflective of some incredibly violent behavior taking place across the country,” McMahon said.

He said the ensuing investigations are labor intensive and can take weeks or months.

Turning to driving safety, he said his office and Kane County police agencies will conduct a no-refusal operation for the Fourth of July to enhance driving under the influence enforcement.

“We don’t announce the locations,” McMahon said. “Multiple jurisdictions take part.”

He said the push is to change the behavior of people who have been drinking so that instead of driving, they turn to cabs or other hired-ride services to ensure their own and others’ safety.

The initiative is designed to expedite police efforts to obtain a search warrant for people who refuse to submit to chemical testing after a DUI arrest, according to a news release McMahon provided. Assistant state’s attorneys are on hand to assist the police through the search warrant process to get suspects to submit to a blood, breath or urine test. Anyone who declines to submit to chemical testing after a search warrant has been obtained could face additional charges.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office began the program in 2008, and this marks the 21st such operation. The previous ones resulted in a total of 136 drivers being charged. This will be the fourth no-refusal operation tied to the Fourth of July.

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