Chicago Police Board President Says Officers Struck Him, Lightfoot Issues Warning To Rogue Cops

WBBM Newsradio Staff
June 05, 2020 - 5:20 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — There’s another allegation of Chicago police misconduct during the recent George Floyd protests, and this one comes from the head of the Chicago Police Board.

Ghian Foreman, president of the board that metes out discipline to officers, said he and others were “physically hit and struck” by Chicago police Sunday as authorities clashed with protesters.

Foreman said he wasn’t participating in the protest but came upon the demonstration on the city's South Side just as it was becoming confrontational.

He said officers struck him on the legs five times with police batons. On Friday, he told WBBM Newsradio he was still a little sore but was also "in pain mentally from the events of the weekend."

“This is the duality I live with as a Black man in America, even one who is privileged to be part of systems of power. I am not exempt from what any other Black man faces on the streets,” he said in a prepared statement released to the media.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said what happened to Foreman, her friend, is unacceptable. She said she directed him to file a complaint, which he did.

At a Friday evening news conference about city preparations for the weekend, the mayor had a stern warning for rogue cops who dishonor their peers on the CPD. She said they'll be identified, stripped of police powers and then formally fired.

"I said this before and I'll say it every day: We will not tolerate people who cross the line," Lightfoot said.

Videos have surfaced of officers being aggressive with some protesters -- or, in one case, flipping off demonstrators. There have been reports that some officers have obscured their badges or weren't wearing body cameras, as they are supposed to.

Two officers on Friday were stripped of police powers for their involvement in an incident in which two black women were dragged from a car at a Northwest Side mall. 

Lightfoot said police supervisors could be held accountable for the misconduct of officers, depending on the circumstances.