Jyran Mitchell / courtesy: The Cochran Firm Chicago

NIU Student Says Cops Roughed Him Up, Sidelined His Athletic Career

October 25, 2018 - 9:23 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The former three-sport star at Rich Central High School who was injured when police barged into his family’s Matteson home in a case of mistaken identity says his dream remains a career in the National Football League, despite his injury.

Jyran Mitchell filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court earlier this week against the south suburban police department, the Illinois State Police and the officers from the two departments involved in the incident.  

His injury, a torn meniscus, is the same type of injury that sideline Derrick Rose with the Chicago Bulls. 

Mitchell said he feared that February night for his life. Now, he said Thursday, determination is replacing his fear.

"I am trying diligently to get back where I was," he said. 

Mitchell's injury wiped out a portion of his senior basketball season at Rich Central and prevented him from helping to defend the school's state 2A 4x100 track crown. 

He had to redshirt his freshman year at Northern Illinois University, although NIU has reaffirmed his football scholarship.

The suit alleges that officers burst into their home, brushed past Mitchell’s grandmother and demanded to know about a Jaguar that had driven away from a traffic stop. Mitchell had been home and knew nothing about the car.

The suit claims that a Chevrolet Malibu was the only car in the driveway. Mitchell was handcuffed when the blow to his knee occurred, he said.

His father and his attorney said Jyran is an honors student, is churchgoing and has never been a troublemaker. They say they filed suit in part because the village of Matteson has refused to admit any mistake, much less pay medical bills.