Amid hoop video controversy, CPD uses basketball for good

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CHICAGO -- It’s the incident that’s created tension between Chicago Police and some Little Village residents: an officer stars in a video, now making the rounds on social media.

The video features the officer bashing a neighborhood basketball rim.

Fast-forward to Saturday, as officers participated in a basketball tournament designed to foster better community relationships.

Those who owned the rim from the video said they were playing a game of pick-up in the street when the officer showed-up and busted up the game.

Some are questioning whether the officer abused his power.

Cell phone video posted to Facebook captured a District 10 officer repeatedly bashing the basketball hoop into the ground.

The officer then loaded the hoop in the back of his police cruiser and dragged it away.

Residents say he may have been upset about players blocking the street while shooting hoops.

The video started making the rounds just as Chicago Police joined forces with the youth group Becoming a Man -- or BAM -- for a basketball tournament aimed at building better relationships with the community.

About 30 students from Kenwood and Manley High School played on teams with officers Saturday at Breakthrough Familyplex center.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy served as one of the honorary coaches. When asked about the video, the superintendent said a complaint was filed against the officer, and the incident is now under investigation.

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