The Chicago Police Department released graphic video footage Friday that shows a suspect high on PCP punching and body-slamming a female police officer as she tried to handcuff him earlier this month. The officer was beaten unconscious after hesitating to use her gun out of fear of an anti-police backlash.
Via NBC Chicago:
The footage begins as two officers attempt to take Parta Huff, of Maywood, into custody after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a liquor store.
The officers in the 15th District were on patrol when they came across a traffic accident near the intersection of South Cicero Avenue and West Roosevelt Road, authorities said.
A female officer is seen in the footage cuffing Huff’s left wrist, but is heard shouting at him to stop fighting before she can get his right wrist cuffed.
The officer is shouting at her partner to “Taser” the man as both officers continue ordering him to “stop fighting” and “get down on the ground.”
At one point, Huff fights his way out of their grip and the three disappear from the camera’s view. When they return, Huff is seen dragging the female officer face first onto the pavement, where he continues to fight and pull her hair as other officers try to subdue him.
Police say that during the melee Huff continued punching the officer. The officers battled the suspect for more than two agonizing minutes, reportedly tasing, dry stunning, and striking him in the face several times, in an effort to separate him from the female officer, but still he refused to let go of her hair.
The top Chicago police officer has used the beating as an example of how fallout from police-involved shooting controversies can put officers in danger.
“She knew that she should shoot this guy,” Supt. Eddie Johnson said last week. “But she chose not to because she didn’t want her family — or the department — to have to go through the scrutiny the next day.”
Huff, 28, was charged after the incident with attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated battery to a police officer and was ordered held without bond later that week.
Two officers were hospitalized following the incident which happened on Wednesday, October 5 (reported by PJ Media here). The female officer remained in the hospital as of this Friday, NBC reported.
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This Police Lives Matter video combines the dashcam and bodycam videos released by the Chicago PD.