A Chicago police officer was suspended this week after video recorded by a bystander confirmed him hurling a person forcefully onto the sidewalk throughout an arrest, in footage described by Mayor Lori Lightfoot as “extremely disturbing.”
The incident befell on Thursday, the US Thanksgiving vacation, when police approached a 29-year-old man consuming alcohol within the afternoon at a bus cease on Chicago’s South Aspect, CBS Information reported. Police stated the person turned agitated, threatened an officer and spat on his face, resulting in the physique slam filmed by a passerby, the report stated.
After touchdown on the sidewalk, the person didn’t seem to maneuver for the rest of the brief video.
“Whereas a single video doesn’t depict the whole lot of the interactions between the police and the person, this specific video could be very disturbing,” Lightfoot wrote in a submit on Twitter.
November 28, 2019. Viral cellular phone video of a Chicago police officer slamming a person to the bottom on 7900 South Cottage Grove.
**violence, language, exhausting to observe**
Video: Jovanna Alexiss Jamison pic.twitter.com/qRlTFrCepN
— LEGAL HELP FIRM ⚖️ (@lhfirm) November 29, 2019
The Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability, a metropolis oversight physique, was investigating, she stated.
The oversight physique requested that the officer be stripped of his police powers, and the police division agreed, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated in an announcement.
He referred to as the transfer an “emergency takedown,” however stated the division was taking complaints from the general public significantly.
“If wrongdoing is found, officers will probably be held accountable,” his assertion stated.
The person was handled at a hospital earlier than being launched into police custody, CBS reported.
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