Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said one of his officers was seriously beaten at an accident scene because the national focus on police shootings has caused officers to second-guess themselves, the Chicago Tribune reports. Johnson said the patrol officer told him she did not use her gun to defend herself for fear of a backlash. “She didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” he said. The injured officer, a 17-year police veteran, got into a struggle with a man who allegedly was high on PCP after she stopped at a crash scene Wednesday morning. The suspect smashed the officer’s face into the pavement repeatedly until she was unconscious, police said.
“As I was at the hospital last night, visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was gonna die, and she knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” Johnson said. “This officer could (have) lost her life last night. She’s hospitalized right now, but she still has the spirit and the bravery that these officers and firefighters display every day — every day. We have to change the narrative of … law enforcement across this country.”