Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Chicago police faces charges for violence against female high school student

Chicago police faces charges for violence against female high school student

Newly released surveillance video shows Chicago police dragging a high school student down a flight of stairs before striking and kicking her and using a stun gun. "An unarmed 16-year-old girl was beaten, kicked, punched and tasered by officers", Stroth said in a statement.

Howard was initially charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery against the officers, who claimed she initiated the incident and caused the three of them to fall down a flight of stairs - charges the city dropped a week later "in the interest of justice", the Chicago Sun-Times noted.

Howard admitted that she was resisting officers at first, but only acted in her own defense responding to their actions.

"They did everything they could to protect her from being hurt and they used the Taser because she seriously injured those two officers and she needs to be recharged", Kevin Graham, FOP president, said at the time.

The video shows Dnigma starting to walk away from one of the officers when he grabs her and forces her towards the stairs. "The saving grace for Dnigma is that this was caught on camera". Video eventually shows the officers punching the girl, standing on her chest and shocking her with the stun gun. In the new video taken from a second floor camera at the school, the officers and Dnigma walk into the frame around 9:47 a.m. on January 29. "But [police] tried to push me down the stairs".

A recent report by the ACLU found that millions of students across the United States attend a school which has police officers on staff but no counselors, psychologists or social workers. There is no audio on the video.

Video from the floor below shows Dnigma and the female officer entangled on the stairs as the male officer appears to be dragging the girl down the stairs by one of her legs.

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"She don't trust nobody no more", Howard confessed to NBC Chicago. Her father was called to pick her up, and the two school police officers, Johnnie Pierre and Sherry Tripp, were there to escort her out.

Stroth wasn't quite done singling out the officers involved in the attack. On the day she was suspended and attacked, her plan was not followed and a counselor was not made available before the police violently intervened against her. He says he told police to stop what they were doing.

However, security camera footage from the school hallways recently obtained by the Sun-Times shows the genesis of the incident - and it's not what CPD said at all. The incident occurred at Marshall High School on the West Side of the Windy City in February.

Both officers are no longer working at the school but remain in the 11th District.

Police spokesman Thomas Ahern said officials can not comment on the new video since the incident is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

"We are deeply disturbed and troubled by this incident which has no place in our schools", she said in a statement. While they are starved of much needed funding for education, American schools have been turned into fortresses, complete with metal detectors, surveillance cameras and armed police officers.

In a statement, a spokesman for Chicago Police said the department holds officers "to the highest level of professional standards". Stroth says the case can also be a "catalyst to influence police reform". He's appealing to Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot to change the practice.

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