CHICAGO -- CPD has relieved the officer seen in the video of his police powers.
Today, a little more than 24 hours after the incident, 24-year-old Shaquille O'Neal is facing charges of drug possession, assault on an officer, violation of parole and disorderly conduct.
After viewing the video, police superintendent Eddie Johnson ordered an investigation and has referred the incident to the independent Police Review Authority or IPRA as well.
“After careful consideration in reviewing the video footage, Superintendent Johnson has decided to relieve one of the officers involved in the incident that occurred on the 3900 block of West Grenshaw of his police powers while IPRA investigates the case,” said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi in a statement.
The video which lasts 1:28 seconds clearly shows the suspect struggling with the first officer as a crowd watches and yells obscenities.
As O'Neal appears to grab the officers throat, the second officer is seen kicking O'Neal who then seems to go unconscious.
A short time later uniformed officers arrive as backup.
Fraternal Order of Police president Dean Angelo, who heads the union that represents the officer, says he thinks the department is acting too quickly which is part of a bigger trend of suspending officers before an investigation is complete.
WGN attempted to contact O'Neal and his mother and were referred to the attorney the family has now hired.