Novak and his girlfriend were apparently walking along River Road near West Burnett Road, in the County but outside the City of McHenry, about 12:30AM on Saturday, October 19. The girlfriend told TV viewers that, after Novak was handcuffed, then one of the deputies "grabbed him (Novak) by his hair and banged his head into the cement."
Did Novak not receive medical treatment at the scene or the jail? Was he not treated until his father took him to the hospital? Novak's father said he was told at the hospital that his son had a skull fracture, a possible detached retina and a fractured nasal bone.
Novak was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor and cited into court for a November 4 appearance. The charge is classified as a petty offense, not a misdemeanor.
The names of the three deputies involved have not been released, but Undersheriff Andy Zinke has already approved their conduct, after watching the in-car video/audio recording.
The identity of the deputies who were involved is not common knowledge at the Sheriff's Department. One source, who spoke confidentially for lack of authorization to speak on behalf of the department, told me that they are keeping it "under wraps".
With the current demands for increased transparency at the Sheriff's Department, wouldn't you think that they would be "out front" with the arrest and get treatment for an injured person in custody? Does the booking photo show the bruising on Novak's head and the injury to his left eye?