CHICAGO – A man originally released without charges after a video captured an arresting officer kicking him in the head is in the hospital and facing additional charges after allegedly resisting when officers re-arrested him Thursday.
A cell phone video shows 24-year-old Shaquille O’Neal wrestling with a plainclothes officer on the city’s West Side Monday. At one point, when O’Neal appears to grab the officer’s throat, a second officer is seen kicking O’Neal in the head and seemingly knocking him unconscious.
Within hours Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson suspended the officer who delivered the kick and placed him on desk duty, and referred the matter to the Independent Police Review Authority. At the time, a police spokesman also said O’Neal was facing charges of drug possession, assault on an officer, violation of parole and disorderly conduct.
But late yesterday afternoon, without official explanation, O’Neal was released and headed back home.
Which prompted Police Union President Dean Angelo to fire back, saying:
“We demand the Department and the ASA continue this investigation and proceed with securing the proper charges that are so very obvious to anyone aware of this recent situation. We call on the ASA’s office to do their job and charge this person accordingly.”
Today around 12:30 p.m. O’Neal was arrested again at his house on a State’s Attorney’s warrant.
“This is politics at the highest level,” said O’Neal’s attorney, Michael Oppenheimer. “I know for a fact the State’s Attorney’s Office made the decision to approve charges against Shaquille O’Neal.”
Oppenheimer says O’Neal is in Illinois Masonic Hospital after he was tased by an arresting officer. He now faces two new charges of aggravated battery and resisting arrest in addition to three counts from his arrest on Monday.