This Is Why You Film Police: Cellphone Video Exposes Cop Bashing Faces for No Reason

In a video uploaded to Facebook last year, Chicago police officers were seen violently tossing a woman around, attacking a man, and inciting general chaos.

The video begins with officers standing around while a witness reminds everyone not to talk, just to film. Next thing we know a woman is having her face slammed into the hood of a cop car. That woman, Lisa Simmons, was one of many community residents participating in a block party celebrating two artists signing a big recording contract.

Moments later, after announcing “get out of the street or you’re going to jail,” a cop unexpectedly bashes a man in the face so hard his hat goes flying. That man was Jeremiah Smith.

On Thursday, Smith and Simmons filed a police brutality lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department for their horrific abuse caught on camera.

“You have this small child and this woman who is watching, this extreme violence for what? for nothing!” attorney Rahsaan Gordon said.

“That is an impact weapon. There was no reason for him to pull it out,” Gordon said explaining that there was no need for the officer to have pulled out an asp to bash Smith in the face.

“Nobody ran at him, nobody pulled out a weapon, nobody tried to punch him. They stood there. You even hear one of the gentlemen saying, ‘I’m a man! I’m not a child,'” Gordon said.

Smith was arrested and charged with assault for getting hit in the face by this cop. After spending 12 days in jail, he finally broke and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and was released.

A study by University of Chicago professor Craig Futterman found that just 19 of 10,149 complaints accusing CPD officers of excessive force, illegal searches, racial abuse, sexual abuse, and false arrests led to a police suspension of a week or more. In more than 85 percent of internal investigations of complaints, the accused officer was never even interviewed, Think Progress reports.

In a statement released to the media, the CPD said:

The Chicago Police Dept. takes any allegations of excessive force against the residents our officers are sworn to protect very seriously, and any action which undermines the integrity of the Chicago Police Department simply will not be tolerated.

In the meantime, the officer who slammed a woman into a car and hit a man in the face with his baton is still on full duty. So much for not tolerating excessive force.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.