Chicago police punch man, restrain woman against squad car in 2012 video

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CHICAGO -- One of the more than 300 videos that Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority released Friday shows a police officer punching a man and and another officer restraining a woman against a squad car in July 2012.

WARNING: Video contains graphic language. Viewer discretion advised.

According to the police report, officers were on a routine patrol in the area of 1533 S. Christina Avenue, which is known for heavy gang and narcotic activity.

Police say they caught Lisa and Jerome Simmons drinking in a public way, placed Lisa in custody and an unruly crowd formed.

Officers claim she pulled away, and they thought she was attempting to flee, so they restrained her against the squad car. You can see this happen in the video. It's unclear as to whether she pulled away or not, however, as the video pans away.

Breaking up the melee, an officer yells, "Get out of the street or you’re going to jail!”

Then, an officer with a baton walks up to man in black shirt named Jeremiah Smith who was standing in the street when an officer grabbed him. Smith tried to back up and the officer punches him. He then drops to the ground and is handcuffed in the street.

The police report claims Smith was walking in between officers trying to make an arrest and threw a punch, but this is not captured in the video.

The officer said he struck Smith in "defense," and that the suspect was reaching for an unknown object in his pocket while on the ground. Officers claim they recovered a knife from the victim.

It's hard to make out in the video if Smith was reaching for something or not. The video also doesn't show what he was doing with his other hand.

Disciplinary decisions are still pending in this case, as well as all the other cases where video was released by IPRA Friday.

"It’s important to keep in mind these materials may not contain all the facts relevant to an investigation of an officer’s conduct," said IPRA Chief Sharon Fairley, adding that the video may only capture a portion of an event and may leave out critical facts and conduct.

Click here to search the IPRA case portal. 


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