‘Roller Coaster Ride From Hell': Family Wasn’t Told Chicago Police Taser Video …

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Chicago police release video of officers Tasering prisonerNewly released video that shows Chicago police dragging a man who later died in custody has prompted the embattled department to reopen an investigation into the three-year-old incident.Chicago police released video footage of officers repeatedly shocking a man in a jail cell with a Taser, the third controversial video depicting use of force by Chicago police released in recent weeks.Newly released security camera footage from a Chicago, Illinois jail shows an African American man being repeatedly tased and dragged out of his cell by police.

City officials have been under intense scrutiny for police misconduct in recent weeks and have promised to be more transparent about investigations into police wrongdoing. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens to a question after announcing the appointment of Sharon Fairley as leader of the Independent Police Review Authority, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, during a news conference in Chicago. The 2012 footage, which was released late Monday and does not contain audio, shows Philip Coleman lying on a cot before six officers crowd into his cell. Marnie Coyne, the wife of an 18-year veteran of the department, knows just how much that support means especially after the release of the Laquan McDonald video. ‘It’s very stressful,” Coyne said. “I worry about my husband going out every day, coming home.

Chicago officials released footage late Monday showing officers’ interactions with the 38-year-old accused of attacking his mother and taken into custody. He could just be sitting in a squad car and he may be ambushed.” She says, “You used to be proud to walk around with a Chicago Police star on your chest. Now, people tell everybody, don’t become a cop in Chicago.” Coyne is not only an officer’s wife, but a board member of the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County. Coleman was arrested Dec. 12, 2012, after he allegedly beat his 69-year-old mother and became “combative” and spit blood at responding officers, according to the police.

Coleman, a 38-year-old black man, was detained in December 2012 after family members called police, saying that he was acting erratically and had assaulted his mother. At the same time she says, “Everybody doesn’t want to be judged because of a small few, but when it becomes our police officers, it’s a totally different story.” “We have officers that check on us every day so it makes me feel good,” she said. “Especially there’s nights when I have young girls here and it makes me feel safer that they’re in our business a lot and just on the streets.” Meantime, Coyne says she wants the public to remember her husband and other officers on the force, risk their lives each day to serve and protect. Coleman was tased three times inside the jail, and another 13 times at the hospital, Ed Fox, the attorney for Coleman’s family, told the Chicago Tribune. Department of Justice to expand its investigation of the Chicago Police Department to include the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the civilian agency that investigates officer misconduct. Footage from the incident was released in response to a records request from Chicago’s CBS 2, according to police. “I do not see how the manner in which Mr Coleman was physically treated could possibly be acceptable,” Emanuel said in the statement. “Something is wrong here – either the actions of the officers who dragged Mr Coleman, or the policies of the department.”.

In their reports, the officers said that Coleman was being “uncooperative” and “combative,” and that they feared for their safety and the safety of the hospital staff. Following the public outrage over the video showing the 2014 police killing of McDonald, Emanuel launched a purge of the city’s top police officials. Two weeks later, police released dashcam video of another 2014 incident, this time showing police fatally shooting 25-year-old Ronald Johnson, whom officers say was armed. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, was charged in connection with the shooting and gave investigators an account of the incident which differs dramatically from the scene captured on camera. His father Percy, a police officer himself, said the younger Coleman had not been acting “in his right mind” and deserved better from the police. “Instead, the police took no helpful action, and they locked him up.

Eight days before Johnson’s death, another Chicago officer fired 16 shots into Laquan McDonald, killing the 17-year-old who had been brandishing a knife. Chicago officials say the treatment of a detainee in police custody is under investigation as they release video showing an officer dragging the man through a hallway. Emanuel told reporters the city would press ahead with initiatives of its own and was “not going to wait” until the federal investigators made their recommendations.

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