CHICAGO — A video appearing to show an officer restrain a woman by putting a knee on her neck after police pulled her from a car outside a Northwest Side mall Sunday is currently under investigation, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said Thursday.
Tnika Tate said she and some family members were sitting inside their car as it was parked outside Brickyard Mall when they were assaulted by Chicago police officers around 3 p.m. Sunday.
Video captured by a relative shows officers surrounding the car before smashing the windows and pulling Tate and her family from the vehicle.
“I was terrified, I feared for my life when those guns and everything was pointed at me,” Tate said during an emotional press conference Thursday. “My child is burying his grandmother on Monday, he could have been burying his mother.”
Tate is a longtime funeral director in Chicago, and said she and her family were just hoping to shop at Target Sunday afternoon.
Police were responding to reports of looting at the mall, but the family says they didn’t know how officers on the scene could have suspected they were involved.
“We want the Chicago Police Department to know that you messed with the wrong family this time,” Jitu Brown, Black Leaders Building Together Coalition said Thursday.
The family contends the video also shows an officer pinning down 25-year-old Mia Wright by applying pressure to her neck.
“All I thought about was what happened to George Floyd, and it could have been another situation like that,” Wright said.
For reasons that aren’t yet clear, the patrol officers charged Wright with disorderly conduct.
The family asked not only for police to investigate and drop the charges, but also for a criminal investigation into the incident. Later Thursday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said they would investigate.
“The Cook County State’s Attorney has launched an independent investigation into the possibility of criminal charges related to the incident at Brickyard Mall,” Foxx said Thursday.
“The Chicago Police Department strives to treat all individuals our officers encounter with respect,” Chicago police said in a statement.
Late Thursday the Civilian Office of Police Accountability released a statement that said:
Today, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) recommends the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) identify andevaluate the current assignment of involved officers related to the incident at Brickyard Mall in the Belmont Cragin community and either modify their duty status or relieve them temporarily of police power until COPA can further assess the events and circumstances surrounding the use of force.
Mayor Lighfoot tweeted about the incident, saying “CPD does not tolerate misconduct of any kind.”