File Photo – McHenry County Sheriff’s Office | Photo: Alex Vucha.

A McHenry County sheriff’s deputy is under criminal investigation and has been stripped of their police powers following an incident in Woodstock last month.

The Woodstock Police Department sent the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office a video on June 25 regarding the arrest of four subjects on June 17.

The sheriff’s office said that the video footage shows what appears to be the “inappropriate use of force” by a sheriff’s deputy, who had been at the scene to assist Woodstock police.

The sheriff’s office conferred with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and it was determined that sufficient evidence existed warranting a criminal investigation into the deputy’s actions.

An outside law enforcement agency was contacted to conduct the investigation.

The sheriff’s office placed the deputy on paid administrative leave and stripped the deputy of their law enforcement powers.

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“At this time, the Sheriff’s Office cannot comment on the incident as it is an active investigation,” officials said in a statement.

“The Sheriff’s Office holds all of its employees accountable to the criminal statutes set forth by the State of Illinois and its internal policy and procedures, in order to ensure that it can uphold its mission to protect and serve those in McHenry County.”