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Video Shows Chicago Cop Using Handcuffs to Beat Teen Over the Head

Even if he was resisting arrest, this much force seems unnecessary.

A Chicago police officer now faces a use-of-force investigation, thanks to a video that appears to show him beating a teenager over the head with a pair of handcuffs.

Police say 16-year-old Skyler Miller matched the description of a robbery suspect. "We had a crew of young individuals going around on the Red Line robbing people, and he was identified as a possible suspect with that particular group," Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tells WBBM. "So that's why they were approaching him."

Two Facebook videos taken at the scene revealed what happened next. In one clip, two officers attempt to detain Miller, who protests. "Relax," the officers tell Miller, who claims he "didn't do shit." Miller is clearly belligerent, and he refuses to go with them.

The other video appears to pick up soon after. At that point, Miller is being held by two officers while a third repeatedly hits him on the head with a pair of handcuffs. Once Miller is on the ground, a fourth officer joins the effort to detain him. Eventually, the cops help Miller up off the ground and lead him up an escalator:

Miller was taken to the police station. Police tell WFLD he's being charged with resisting arrest. But he has to be charged in connection with the robbery. "By the time the dust settled on that particular robbery, the [robbery] victim had wandered off," Johnson tells WBBM. "So we still haven't located that victim yet."

Miller says he had no idea why the cops were trying to detain him. "Two officers came up and one threw me against the wall and they tried to put the cuffs on me," he tells the Chicago Sun-Times. "They didn't tell me why. They didn't tell me what I was arrested for." The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has since opened an investigation into the incident.

The Chicago Police Department has been plagued by allegations of misconduct for years. Indeed, from 2004 to 2014 the force spent more than $500 million handling misconduct-related lawsuits.

Photo Credit: Facebook Screenshoot via Clark X Clark

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  • sarcasmic||

    How do cops get away with only charging someone for Resisting Arrest? Don't they need a charge for the initial arrest?

    Oh yeah. Fuck you, that's how.

  • Dalben||

    Well theoretically even in an actually well run justice system you'd still arrest innocent people (and for that matter non-innocent, but not enough evidence to charge them people) by mistake. If you resist that arrest instead of letting them take you to the station and asking for a lawyer that's still a crime.

    Doesn't mean that they're justified in beating you in the back of the head with a pair of handcuffs, though, or even that they had food reason to make the arrest in the first place.

  • Dalben||

    Also, to be fair the gap between the videos could show him doing more to resist than what we've seen. I wouldn't bet on it being exculpatory to the cops, but it is unknown information right before the beating started.

  • DenverJ||

    that big cop looked like he was going to piss himself. All the cops looked scared AF. Maybe they should get into a different line of work, if they are that scared of the people who pay their fucking salary.

  • DenverJ||

    I also like that one cop underlining his badge, I'm guessing to say "I'm one of the King's men, I have privileges."

  • DenverJ||

    i guess somebody asked his name

  • DenverJ||

    Oh, and handcuff pig threatening to hit bystanders with the handcuffs, too. How is that pig not under arrest for assault, or brandishing, or some such? Anybody else would be.

  • DenverJ||

    Also, is that John's girlfriend?

  • ||

    The only way I think she could be less intimidating is if she were in a bathrobe and fuzzy slippers.

  • AlgerHiss||

    One tablespoon of narcissism

    Two tablespoons of sadomasochism

    Third cup of dishonesty and deceit

    Half cup of totalitarianism

    One cup of bully

    Two cups of amorality

    One quart of cowardice

    And there….is your perfect recruit for American copping.

  • ||

    "By the time the dust settled on that particular robbery, the [robbery] victim had wandered off," Johnson tells WBBM. "So we still haven't located that victim yet."

    This is like the opposite of police work. The sort of thing that happens in buddy cop films that causes the chief to give them one last chance.

  • Eddy||

    Or in the case of the buddies' real-world counterparts, 100 last chances.

  • Eddy||

    But is it possible that the victim (robbery victim, that is), seeing the crowd reaction, decided it wasn't worth it to press charges?

    Obviously I don't know the answer, maybe it's too late to look into it.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    That one police officer needs to be sent to retraining. He does not know how you administer handcuffs.

  • markm23||

    If the officer had been trained, he'd have handcuffed Miller, then kicked him in the head while his buddies held him on the ground.

  • Careless||

    "But he has to be charged in connection with the robbery."

    Why?

  • IceTrey||

    They should of beat those cops down.

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