Video shows Chicago officer hitting man with baton, CPD sued

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CHICAGO -- Two people are suing Chicago police for misconduct after newly-released video shows an officer hitting a man with his baton.

Lisa Simmons and Jeremiah Smith say the incident happened in 2012.

I's unclear what happened before the encounter escalated to this point, but the plaintiffs claim, the police officer hit the man for no reason.

The police department says it is taking the allegations very seriously, and misconduct won't be tolerated.

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3 comments

  • Realist

    AH YES… I like the “it was unclear what happened before the encounter escalated” or shall we say pre video set up.

  • John

    The baton is a less than lethal weapon for the officers to use, approved by law.You should not release a story without all the facts. it does no one any good WGN!Start being responsible in the way you present stories!

    • Thaddeus

      The only thing WGN is stating is that CPD is being sued for an officer hitting someone with a baton. They make no judgement about the force being used. They just state facts about what’s happening. Why would they mention anything about it being less than lethal and approved? They present no opinion in this article whatsoever.