Emanuel Criticizes Police For Dragging Man; No Charges In Officer Killing


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has criticized Chicago police officers for their treatment of a 38-year-old man who was dragged from his cell in a police lockup after an officer used a stun gun to incapacitate him in 2012, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The city released a video showing six officers in a cell with Philip Coleman. One officer appears to use a stun gun on Coleman and another officer pulls his motionless body out of the cell by his arms. “I do not see how the manner in which Mr. Coleman was physically treated could possibly be acceptable,” the mayor said. “Something is wrong here — either the actions of the officers who dragged Mr. Coleman or the policies of the department.” Coleman was being held for allegedly attacking his 69-year-old mother a day earlier. He was facing a felony charge of aggravated battery for allegedly hitting officers and spitting on them after they responded to the home.

Also yesterday, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said there would be no charges against officer George Hernandez in the shooting of a 25-year-old black man, Ronald Johnson III, who was shot in the back while fleeing the police, the Associated Press reports. Authorities say he was carrying a gun in his hand as he was killed on Oct. 12, 2014. Alvarez and Assistant State’s Attorney Lynn McCarthy spent more than 30 minutes detailing evidence before showing the dashcam video, which similarly to the Laquan McDonald case has no audio. The state’s attorney’s office overlaid police radio communications. The video shows Johnson running from police across a street with several officers in pursuit, and then one officer fires. Johnson is not on screen when he was struck by two bullets.

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