CHICAGO -- Residents on one street in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood say a police officer, angry at them for playing basketball in the street, took matters into his own hands and smashed a new basketball hoop and destroyed it. The incident was caught on video.
The video was posted to social media. In it an on-duty officer is seen slamming the basketball rim into the ground over and over. He then uses his marked SUV to drag it down the street. The ball players recovered what's left of it
Diego Chavarria shot the video yesterday afternoon and says he feels the officer was abusing his power.
The banged-up rim now lies in Noe Silva's front yard. He says they've been shooting hoops in the street here for years. When a car comes, they move.
“He stopped, got out and broke the rim and took off with it," he says.
"He seemed kind of upset about something," Chavarria says.
"I know the house. We've had some complaints about it because there's some loitering, some basketball playing,” says Ald. Ricardo Munoz. “Sometimes they block traffic. What the officer did was just a little bit too far.”
The Chicago Police Dept says it is investigating.