Excessive Force

University of Virginia student Martese Johnson (C) and his lawyer, Daniel Watkins (R) walk to the Charlottesville District Court before Johnson's hearing on March 26, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Johnson, a Chicago resident, was arrested by Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control agents on March 18. Video in which Johnson appears bloodied, went viral after his arrest. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Case Continued For Chicago Man In Bloody Arrest In Virginia

In a show of solidarity, supporters crowded into a courtroom Thursday as a University of Virginia student made his first court appearance after a bloody arrest outside a bar that sparked a police investigation.

03/26/2015

A Chicago police vehicle parked on the West Side. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Lawsuit: Saw Needed To Open Tight Handcuffs Of Man Already Choked By Cops

A federal lawsuit claims a Chicago Police officer choked a man, handcuffed him too tightly and broke the key off, forcing authorities to cut the handcuffs off with an electric saw.

03/26/2015

Martese Johnson (Photo from Facebook)

Bloody Arrest Of College Student From Chicago Prompts Investigation In Virginia

The governor of Virginia has ordered a state investigation of possible police brutality, after a University of Virginia student from Chicago was bloodied during an arrest earlier this week.

03/19/2015

Steve Zamiar (Supplied Photo)

Former Midlothian Deputy Police Chief Guilty In Brutality Case

The former deputy police chief of south suburban Midlothian faces up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of using excessive force for beating a “Black Wednesday” drinker with his police baton.

12/19/2014

Cassandra Feuerstein slams into a bench after video tape showed her being thrown into a jail cell. (CBS)

Former Skokie Cop Gets Probation For Shoving Woman In Cell

Cassandra Feuerstein, who suffered nerve damage in her face in the March 2013 attack, was glad that Michael Hart was charged for the crime but thinks he got a “slap on the wrist,” said Torri Hamilton, a lawyer who is representing Feuerstein in a pending civil lawsuit.

11/13/2014

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Hammond Family Sues Police For Excessive Force During Traffic Stop

A northwest Indiana family has sued Hammond police, claiming officers used excessive force when they broke a car window and used a stun gun on Jamal Jones during a traffic stop last month.

10/07/2014

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Judge: Des Plaines Officer Accused Of Excessive Force Rightfully Terminated

A Cook County judge upheld the termination of a northwest suburban Des Plaines police officer on Friday, overturning an arbitrator’s ruling that the officer, accused of using excessive force against an arrestee and lying about it, should return to work.

12/17/2013

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Midlothian Cop Used Excessive Force Twice, Federal Prosecutors Allege

Steven G. Zamiar, 46, has been indicted for allegedly beating two different people in separate incidents.

12/04/2013

Cassandra Feuerstein slams into a bench after video tape showed her being thrown into a jail cell. (CBS)

Suit: Woman Suffered Broken Bones At Hands Of Skokie Cop

A Chicago woman is suing the village of Skokie, claiming one of its police officers used excessive force that left her in need of surgery.

10/09/2013

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New Comic Describes NATO Summit From Protesters’ Perspective

A new comic is recounting the NATO Summit back in May in cartoon form, and it doesn’t share the admiration for Chicago Police officers that dominated the headlines in the days after the summit.

CBS Chicago–07/02/2012

Demonstrators clash with police during a protest against the NATO Summit on May 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Several protesters and journalists were injured in skirmishes with police outside the convention center. Today is the first day of the two-day summit. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Protester: Police Used Batons Indiscriminately During NATO Summit

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and several other observers have praised officers in the field for their restraint during the NATO Summit protests, but some protest leaders say they cannot see McCarthy’s justification for the use of force.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2012

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South Side Pastor Files Excessive Force Suit Against City, Cops

A South Side pastor is suing the city and four police officers, claiming they unlawfully detained him and used a racial slur against him at the scene of a shooting this February in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood.

05/02/2012

Darrin Hanna died in November 2011, a week after he was allegedly beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun gun at the hands of North Chicago police. (Family supplied photo)

North Chicago Man’s Girlfriend Has Different Story About His Run-In With Police

The girlfriend of a North Chicago man who died after he was beaten by police is telling a different story than officers.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2012

Darrin Hanna died in November 2011, a week after he was allegedly beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun gun at the hands of North Chicago police. (Family supplied photo)

1 North Chicago Cop Fired, 1 Suspended In Connection With Man’s Death

One North Chicago police officer has been fired, and another is suspended without pay, in connection with the brutality allegations by the family of a man who died after being beaten during an arrest.

CBS Chicago–04/27/2012

Mark Clements of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty was among the protesters Thursday who showed up at Chicago City Hall to shed light on the deaths of suspects. (CBS)

Activists Protest Suspects’ Deaths In Police Confrontations

Demonstrators stood outside the mayor’s office to protest police brutality, though most of the alleged cases they cited happened in the suburbs, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

CBS 2–04/26/2012

Darrin Hanna died in November 2011, a week after he was allegedly beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun gun at the hands of North Chicago police. (Family supplied photo)

Attorney For North Chicago Cops: ‘Evidence Will Favor’ Police In Arrestee’s Death

Demonstrators continued their call for justice Monday for the family of a man beaten to death while in North Chicago police custody, but attorneys for the officers say the whole story hasn’t come out.

04/23/2012

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Feds: Harvey Police Engaged In ‘Heavy-Handed Uses Of Force’

The results are in following a federal investigation into alleged brutality by members of the Harvey police Department.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

Darrin Hanna died in November 2011, a week after he was allegedly beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun gun at the hands of North Chicago police. (Family supplied photo)

Attorneys: Autopsy Shows Police Brutality Caused North Chicago Man’s Death

It’s been months since a 45-year-old man died one week after North Chicago police officers allegedly beat him during an arrest, but Lake County authorities have yet to issue an autopsy report. Attorneys said Wednesday an independent autopsy proves Darrin Hanna died from police brutality.

CBS 2–02/22/2012

Paul Smith says a North Chicago police officer used excessive force on him. (CBS)

Former Detainee Says He Was Beaten By North Chicago Police Officer

Paul Smith, the man who is seen being roughly treated by a North Chicago police officer in surveillance video, is speaking out for the first time.

02/06/2012

This screen grab of surveillance video allegedly shows a North Chicago officer using excessive force on a detainee. (North Chicago Police Dept.)

Interim Police Chief Quits In Scandal-Plagued North Chicago

After just six days, the man who was appointed interim police chief in North Chicago has decided he doesn’t want the job.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2012

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