Libertarian Candidate Claims 'Racist Black Cop' Beat Him Up

Steve Miller
July 28, 2020 - 7:47 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Libertarian candidate for Congress in Northwest Indiana appears to have been punched in the head while he was forced on the ground by East Chicago Police over the weekend.

Michael Strauss of Gary posted video on Facebook that, in its title, alleges a “Racist Black East Chicago Cop” beat him and knelt on his neck.

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And the video does appear to show an officer punching Strauss in the head while he’s on the ground, asking, “What am I under arrest for?”

It’s not clear how the altercation  began. The Gary Post-Tribune reports that the police officer believed he was being set-up by Strauss for a YouTube video.

The Post-Tribune reports Strauss was charged with intimidation, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and battering a law enforcement officer.

WBBM has asked East Chicago Police to comment.