A female police officer in Chicago has ended up in the hospital after she was brutally beaten – because she was afraid of the backlash that would result if she used her gun.
Wednesday morning around 10:00 a.m. in Chicago, officers responded to a car crash near Roosevelt Road and Cicero Avenue, where they saw a car crash into a building, and saw a man walking away from the crash.
When the officers stopped and tried to talk to the man about the accident, he attacked them, and started beating the female officer, slamming her head against the pavement until she lost consciousness. The attack went on for several minutes, as the officer’s partner tried to get him off her, and hit the man with a taser and pepper spray. A third officer assisted in arresting the man. All three officers incurred injuries during the struggle and were taken to Lutheran General Hospital.
The man who attacked the officers was 28 years old, under the influence of drugs, and has a lengthy criminal record, including three firearms arrests and one conviction as well as four other arrests where he was resisting police, fleeing or both.
The Chicago Tribune said police superintendent Eddie Johnson visited with the female officer, who is a 17-year veteran of the Chicago police force. She told Johnson she was afraid to use her gun, even though she knew she should, for fear of a backlash against her family or the police department.
Speaking at a public ceremony honoring heroic officers and firefighters, Johnson said, “Just yesterday, we had an incident where officers responded to a simple traffic accident. 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,” Johnson said.
“This officer could (have) lost her life last night,” the superintendent said. “She’s hospitalized right now, but she still has the spirit and the bravery that these officers and firefighters display every day — every day. We have to change the narrative of the law enforcement across this country.”
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