ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rockford Police Officer Eric Thurmond, who has been on paid administrative leave since May, has moved out of the tax-payer funded home he’s been living in, according to the City of Rockford.
In August, 13 Investigates confirmed through a public records request that Thurmond was linked to an ongoing criminal and internal investigation by Rockford Police. The details of that investigation are unclear. But according to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, the incident under investigation took place on May 23, 2019, or one day before Thurmond was placed on administrative leave.
In September, the police department told 13 Investigates that Thurmond would be transitioned out of his role as a community ROCK officer, but gave no timeline of when that transition would take place.
13 Investigates confirmed Thursday morning that he has moved out of the home on 15th Street, and that the Winnebago County Housing Authority, which owns the property, has been notified.
Thurmond has been a part of the city’s ROCK House program since its inception in 2017. He has lived at the taxpayer-funded house to patrol the community he lives in as part of an effort to reduce crime. He became well-known across the city and the country for his work with youth in his neighborhood and across the community.
Thurmond was also a fixture at numerous community events, hosting block parties, ice cream socials, job fairs and youth camps. Over the summer, based on attendance by 13 WREX reporters, he was absent at many of those same events.
Thurmond denied knowing anything about the investigation. In August, he told 13 Investigates he was off-duty because of an injury to his shoulder. Rockford Police have not confirmed Thurmond’s injury.
When asked why he was being replaced and if he will remain with the department, Rockford Police has declined to answer.