Chicago Police Officer Fails to Use Weapon and Suffers Brutal Beating Saying She Feared Retribution
October 7, 2016. Chicago police officers responded to a car crash on the city’s west side, where they found a violent man apparently under the influence of drugs. The man violently attacked one of the officers – a 17-year veteran of the department – smashing her head into the pavement repeatedly until she was left unconscious. During the encounter, the officer’s partner hit the man with a Taser and pepper spray, and he was arrested. Two other officers were injured arresting the man. All three officers were taken to Lutheran General.
Superintendent Eddie Johnson who was attending a public ceremony honoring heroic officers and firefighters said “Just yesterday, we had an incident where officers responded to a simple traffic accident,” Johnson said during the ceremony. “Traffic accident — now I want you to think about this for a moment. Responded to a traffic accident to render aid wherever they could. A subject who was under the influence of PCP attacked a female officer, viciously pounded her head into the street as her partner tried to get him off of her. And this attack went on for several minutes.”As I was at the hospital last night, visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was gonna die, and she knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news.”
Asked whether the incident was an example of officers “laying back,” Johnson said “it’s an example of how dangerous this job is. And because of the scrutiny going on nationwide, there (are) officers second-guessing themselves. That’s what we don’t want.”
Dean Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Department’s largest union said police “don’t want to become the next YouTube video.” and “If you participate in a deadly force situation you can save your life, but in 2016, you can lose your job.