Chicago officer stripped of police powers after captured flipping off protesters

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CHICAGO — A Chicago officer has been stripped of his police powers due to his behavior last week in Lincoln Park.

As the officer and his partner left the scene of a George Floyd protest, he was caught on camera flipping off the protesters.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for the officer to be fired. For now, the police superintendent’s office said the officer was demoted to desk duty.

His name has not yet been released.

Some have compared the officer’s actions to Lightfoot’s strong reaction to a tweet from President Donald Trump over George Floyd protesters.

“It begins with an F and it ends with a U,” Lightfoot had said.

Lightfoot said there is a “big difference” in what she said about Trump and the officer’s actions.

“First of all, I’m a public official and I coded my words. This officer is sworn to serve and protect the community, and in a heated circumstance, no doubt, but he went against his training and he brought shame upon his department. I think there’s a world of difference,” Lightfoot said. “I’m always going to speak my truth when it comes to the president of the United States, particularly when he is trying to foment as he did last week, and if I’m honest, every day, violence in our streets. He’s not a leader. He’s not trying to bring us together. He’s trying to divide us in everything he does. And yes, I was dramatic in pushing back against him, but I will continue to fight.”

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