Body camera video shows a violent arrest that is now a civil rights lawsuit

Body camera video of a violent arrest in Chicago is now key evidence in a new federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the man police are seen slamming to the ground.

Leroy Kennedy, 흑인, says in his lawsuit that he was walking on a sidewalkminding his own business” 8 월 23, 2020. Despite not breaking any laws, he was suddenly grabbed by police and “강타 … into a brick wall and officers thenslammed his head into the pavement more than once,” the court document adds.
The arrest report of the incident, provided to CNN by Kennedy’s attorneys and featured as part of the lawsuit, says that Kennedy lookeddirectly in (the officers’) direction and stiffen(에드) his body” 과 “his eyes enlarge(d), meaning his eyebrows rose which produced a shocked look his face.
Officers wrote in the report that Kennedy’s appearance, and the fact that headjusted his hands and manipulated his front lap area,” led them to believe he was concealing a gun.
    The body camera video from the two responding officers, provided by Kennedy’s attorneys, shows officers run up to him and almost immediately slam him into a brick wall and then the pavement. 한 지점에서, the video shows one of the officer’s hands grabbing Kennedy by the neck. The cameras did not record the first two minutes of sound of the encounter.
    The video shows that Kennedy, with large visible scrapes to his forehead, was then put into the back of the squad car where he was searched and handcuffed. As this was occurring, a crowd of angry bystanders began to confront and yell at the officers.
    Leroy Kennedy's mugshot shows him bandaged after his arrest. The charges were later dropped.

    After officers drove Kennedy a short distance to another location, an ambulance is called for him. The arrest report says he was taken to a hospital for treatment. Chicago Police records show he was arrested on two charges of resisting arrest and one charge of aggravated battery of a police officer.
    The arrest report does not mention any weapons being found by Kennedy.
    The criminal charges against Kennedy were dropped four months later, 12 월 18, 2020, according to a spokesperson from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. The lawsuit says that this was becausevideo evidence showed there was no case against (그를).”
    The lawsuit claims that the defendants — in this case the city of Chicago and the two arresting officers — used excessive force, subjected Kennedy to false arrest, violated his due processes, and four other counts. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
    A spokesman for the Chicago Police said that the departmentcannot comment on pending or proposed litigation.CNN reached out to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for a comment on the lawsuit but did not immediately hear back.
    Ben Crump, the civil rights attorney who has represented the families of Breonna Taylor, 조지 플로이드, and other police violence victims, called the arrestviolent and vicious” 과 demanded accountability in a tweet 목요일에.
      The bodycam video shows the kind of vile, inhumane treatment that has left him SEVERELY traumatized,” Crump wrote.
      The lawsuit seekscompensatory damages and because defendants acted maliciously, wantonly, or oppressively, punitive damages against the individual (장교) in their individual capacitiesas well as court and attorney fees.

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