(Information) – 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 came about on Thursday, the U.S. Thanksgiving vacation, when police approached a 29-year-old man ingesting alcohol within the afternoon at a bus cease on Chicago’s South Aspect, CBS Information reported. Police mentioned the person turned agitated, threatened an officer and spat on his face, resulting in the physique slam filmed by a passerby, the report mentioned.
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 thing of the interactions between the police and the person, this explicit video may be very disturbing,” Lightfoot wrote in a submit on Twitter.
The Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability, a metropolis oversight physique, was investigating, she mentioned.
The oversight physique requested that the officer be stripped of his police powers, and the police division agreed, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi mentioned in a press release.
He referred to as the transfer an “emergency takedown,” however mentioned the division was taking complaints from the general public critically.
“If wrongdoing is found, officers might be held accountable,” his assertion mentioned.
The person was handled at a hospital earlier than being launched into police custody, CBS reported.
Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Enhancing by Bernadette Baum