Disturbing video footage has led to an investigation and temporary suspension for a Chicago police officer who allegedly stomped on a man’s head during arrest while another officer restrained the man.
According to CBS Chicago, the video was posted on Facebook and sparked outrage from viewers—Superintendent Eddie Johnson was made aware of the footage and after reviewing it, decided to temporarily relieve the officer of his duties while an investigation is conducted by the Independent Police Review Authority.
“Since his appointment, the Superintendent has stated that accountability begins with him down to the last police officer and that he will tirelessly work to rebuild public trust in the Chicago Police Department,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated in an email.
The man arrested was reportedly facing narcotics charges, but details have not been revealed as to how the confrontation became so violent.
This incident, among the many that occur daily due to uncontained police brutality, provoked citizens to protest outside the Chicago Police Department’s headquarters on Tuesday morning.
While the Superintendent certainly took the correct course of action after seeing his officer behave unconscionably, the fact that we witness continued cases of police brutality, despite uproarious vocal opposition and awareness, epitomizes the systemic issue we are facing.
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