Man charged with officer beating found unfit to stand trial

The man charged with the beating of a Rock Island police officer has been found unfit for trial. 

Cartier Leflore, 35, is charged with three felonies, including aggravated battery. The incident happened on September 22 in downtown Rock Island when Leflore's mother, Renee, called police for help. 

Renee said they were discussing how to celebrate her son's birthday, when all of a sudden he snapped and hit her. 

When the officer arrived, he attempted to arrest Leflore. 

That's when Leflore fought back, knocking the officer unconscious. 

But this wasn't Leflore's first run-in with the law. He's been charged with almost 20 misdemeanors and faced two other felonies. Some businesses in downtown Rock Island called police about Leflore for trespassing. 

Gerald Stagner is a barista at Theo's Coffee House and used to volunteer at Christian Care, a Rock Island shelter.

He said he interacted with Leflore at both places -- and it was clear he needed help.

"He walks around a lot and spends a lot of time speaking to himself or to somebody he thinks is there and is not," Stagner said. "And if you try to talk to him or whatever he gets very disturbed and erratic. Then he'll come at you cussing and yelling."

Renee said her son was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder when he was 20 year old. At the time, he was taking classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

But since then he's gathered over 20 misdemeanors on his record. Renee she can't get him to take his medicine and he never received any long term treatment after any of the lesser charges. 

"The same thing over and over and over again," Renee said. "They would wait for him for a hospital bed. Send him there for a month or so. Come back. Same exact thing."

Leflore is now receiving treatment from the Department of Human Services. 


Cartier Leflore was found unfit to stand trial Thursday for the beating of a Rock Island police officer.

He is being referred to Department of Human Services for fitness restoration.

Stay tuned to Local 4 News and for updates on this developing story.

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