Woman Kneeled On By Police Formally Asks City To Drop Disorderly Conduct Charges Against Her

Jim Gudas
June 18, 2020 - 12:08 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A woman who accuses Chicago police of pulling her from a vehicle by her hair and placing a knee on her neck at Brickyard Mall during an incident caught on video formally asked the city Wednesday to drop disorderly conduct charges against her.

Mia Wright and her cousin Tnika Tate said they were parked at the mall on May 31, after it had been looted, when police surrounded Tate's vehicle, broke windows, and pulled Wright out of vehicle.

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Tate said "they just started bamming and hitting at my car. Then they bust out three windows. I feared for my life."

At an earlier news conference, Wright described what she said happened next, "they pulled me by my hair, dragged me out of the vehicle, had my face down on the concrete."

Wright claims an officer put a knee on her neck.

Police said Mia Wright was charged with disorderly conduct, but her lawyer told the Tribune a video of the incident shows Wright did not do anything criminal.

“These charges are baseless, frivolous, and quite frankly, offensive given the circumstances,” wrote Nenye Uche, attorney for Mia Wright. “Ms. Wright could barely breathe and was in a lot of pain."

According to Uche, Wright suffered permanent injury to her eye from the glass shattered by the officers.

Police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli said Wright was placed into custody and charged with disorderly conduct after she was observed by officers “assembled with three or more persons for the purpose of using force or violence to disturb the peace.”

But Uche said a video does not show that.

“It is clear from the video of the incident, neither Ms. Wright nor any of the occupants were engaged in any illegal activity,” his letter states. “Also, the force used was brutal and unjustified because the vehicle in which Ms. Wright was an occupant was not engaged in any form of escape or resistance when the police approached and before their brutal attack.”

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Wright's lawyer has sent a letter to the city asking that the charges be dropped. The city declined to comment on the letter.

Two officers involved with the incident have been relieved of police powers and are being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.