Lawsuit alleges Chicago PD used excessive force (while trying to protect themselves and other) during ‘peaceful protests’

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CHICAGO, IL – Since May, Democrat controlled Chicago has been one of the major cities that has seen unruly protests turn to riots, with looting, destruction and violence. 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot all but condoned the violence, while not only turning on the police officers of Chicago, but essentially putting a target on their backs by allowing rioters to not only attack them, but to walk away scott-free after doing so.

Whether officers attempted to protect others, protect property, protect themselves, or just stood their with their hands folded, many left-wing delinquents claimed they were assaulted by, or their rights were violated by officers. 

In one particular incident, which took place in mid-July, police officers and protesters faced off while police attempted to protect a statue of Christopher Columbus from an angry mob. 

Now, a federal lawsuit has been filed against the Chicago Police Department by 60 individuals who claim they were the victims of police brutally during the unhinged riots that took place last summer. 

The lawsuit claims CPD Superintendent David Brown and 20 officers engaged in “gross misconduct” during racial justice protests, including at a violent clash between protesters and police at the Columbus Statue, WGN9 reported.

One of the 60 people to be named in the lawsuit is 18-year-old, Miracle Boyd. In partial video footage, a CDP officer is seen knocking a phone out of Boyd’s hands. Boyd is claiming however that the officer punched her in the mouth and chipped her tooth. 

Boyd came under fire however, and her credibility questioned, when a GoFundMe page was set up for her, but shut down when she took to social media after receiving over $83,000 saying, “look at the GoFundMe, these white people love a good sob story”.

Boyd later backtracked claiming the donated funds were going to be given to social justice causes. 

Boyd said in July:

“The officer who punched me needs to be held accountable for his actions,”  

She continued:

“I was at the protest and did nothing to deserve a punch in the face and have my teeth knocked out.”

The lawsuit, which is more than 200 pages, alleges that Chicago police used:

“brutal, violent, and unconstitutional tactics with the intent to injure, silence and intimidate protesters with unlawful, retaliatory and lethal force.”

Chicago police referred all questions to the city law department. A spokesperson sent the following statement:

“These are allegations at this stage and not proof. We will review the complaint thoroughly, and each allegation it contains, once we have been served and respond through the courts as appropriate.”

WGN9 reported that in the immediate aftermath of the clashes, Supt. David Brown blamed the violence on “agitators” who allegedly provoked police into responding with force; by changing into black clothes, using umbrellas to conceal their identify from cameras and launching fireworks at officers.

When speaking about the events that transpired that day at a press conference, Mayor Lightfoot said:

“That’s not a peaceful protest, that’s anarchy.”

Some of the claims made in the lawsuit, are that Chicago police were the aggressors, not the rioters, and that police violated their constitutional right to free speech. 

According to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, they have received more than 500 complaints related to protests between late May and late October. 170 of those are still being actively investigated.

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Here is more on just one weekend in Chicago over the summer where 132 police officers were injured. 

During the weekend ending on May 31st in Chicago, 132 police officers were reported as being injured during the riots that transpired.

Not to mention, 911 operators were said to have been inundated with calls coming in during a 24-hour period that weekend, averaging 2000 calls every 30 minutes during that time.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot noted on the numerous calls that came in due to rioting, looting and the ilk. She stated that 911 operators had managed to process over 65,000 calls that came in during a 24-hour period of the riotous weekend in the city.

To illustrate the increase that transpired for incoming calls, 911 operators in the city typically handle 15,000 calls on any given day.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said that the criminal activity that took place on May 31st led to 699 people being arrested on that day alone. Those arrests, according to Supt. Brown, were mostly for looting.

Mayor Lightfoot acknowledged the criticism police were receiving in their response times to various areas impacted by the riots, but explained that even with expanded resources the crime was happening all over Chicago:

“The police department was responding to these calls as best they could with a significant amount of additional resources on the South and the West Sides. The challenge was, it was everywhere.”

Supt. Brown also stated that police officers may have been intentionally misled with certain incoming calls, so that deployed resources could be distracted by calls to areas that were not intended targets by criminals.

The police superintendent said the criminal acts have tarnished the movement sparked by George Floyd’s death:

“To the rioters and looters: you disgraced the name of Mr. Floyd by your actions. Hate can never drive out hate.”

The weekend overall was rife with violence. 

The city of Chicago has now seen its most violent weekend of the year to date. It was reported that 82 people were shot between May 29th through May 31st, with 19 of those resulting in death.

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This all happened in concurrence with the riots and protests police were having to tend to in the city.

The city of Chicago had recently implemented a curfew in order to be able to regain a degree of control, after incidents of arson, looting, and overall rioting plagued the weekend.

But while fires burned, and police were occupied, murder was taking place within the city.

On May 31stpolice say that an 18-year-old girl was fatally shot in the head at approximately 10:51 p.m. along the 4200 block of West Van Buren Street.

A few hours prior on the same day, a man was also shot on the West Side in the Austin neighborhood. The 27-year-old male victim was said to have died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the leg.

At around 8:00 p.m. on the 31st, a man was shot several times in the head and body while driving within the 900 block of East 93rd Street.

Police pronounced him dead at the scene. Another man was killed while in his vehicle at around 6:43 p.m. in the 4600 block of South Marshfield Avenue.

An 18-year-old male victim was dropped off outside of Stroger Hospital after reportedly being shot at about 3:20 p.m. on the 31st.

He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. Just one hour prior, another gunshot wound victim was dropped off outside of a West Side hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Shortly before 2:00 p.m. on the 31st, police were notified about a deceased male found in East Garfield Park. Authorities noted that he suffered several gunshot wounds, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ten minutes before the body was discovered in East Garfield Park, two men were killed in a drive-by on the 1600 block of East 95th Street.

Police also were alerted to a deceased 37-year-old male found shot to death in Marquette Park a few minutes past 10:00 a.m. that morning.

Two other drive-by shooting that took place in on North Mason Avenue and South Laflin Street resulted in two other gunshot wound deaths.

Those 12 fatal shootings were only on Sunday the 31st, whereas the other deaths happened between the 29th and the 30th.

Six individuals were reported as being gunned down on Saturday the 30th.

Police have since been able to identify those murdered that day, which were 26-year-old Bernardino Mercado, 34-year-old Fernando De Leon, 26-year-old Noel Dominguez, 39-year-old David L. Green, 21-year-old Gregory A. Lewis, and 30-year-old Danyal P. Jones.

On May 29th, the first recorded murder from the explosively violent weekend was 23-year-old Deonte Fleming. In that case, police say that the victim was shot in both the chest and side from someone inside of a vehicle on the 1200 block of West 70th Street.

Some online have been relaying critical comments of what’s actively playing out in Chicago. One Twitter user wrote:

“82 people shot in Chicago this weekend with 19 deaths. Most of them black men on the south and west side. Fuckin war zone against each other and against the police. This is disgusting.”

Of all the non-fatal shootings that happened over the weekend in Chicago, at least one has been attributed to the riots that took over the city. On May 29th, a male was shot in the arm while allegedly protecting the Binny’s Beverage Depot from potential rioters and looters.

Considering that this happened to be Chicago’s most violent weekend to date as the riots distracted policing resources, it wouldn’t be crazy to draw a correlation between the two elements.

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