Chicago police have released video of an arrest earlier this month that left an officer severely injured and drew national attention in the U.S. after the city’s top cop suggested she didn’t draw her weapon over fears of intense media attention.
Police have said the officer had her head slammed onto the concrete repeatedly, resulting in a concussion as well as shoulder, wrist and neck injuries, The Chicago Tribune reported.
According to the Tribune, officers were responding to reports of a car crash when they encountered a 28-year-old suspect who was reportedly high on PCP.
Video released Oct. 14 by the Chicago Police Department — taken from the dash cam of a squad car — shows police approach Huff, who is dressed all in red, before a violent confrontation ensues.
“Come here! Come here! Hey, I ain’t playing with you, dude,” a male officer says. “I’m gonna tase you in like two seconds. I ain’t f—— around with you. Get your hands behind your back.”
The two officers can be seen trying to handcuff the suspect as the female officer tells him to “Stop fighting” before calling for a Taser.
Huff continues to resist and appears to punch the officer in the head before slamming her to the ground and falling on top of her as more officers arrive and rush to her aide.
“Let her go! Let her go!” a male officer yells.
“He’s ripping my hair,” the female officer groans.
“We’re tasing, it’s not working,” the male officer says. “He’s got her by her f—– hair. He won’t let go.”
Separate footage taken from the body camera of an officer shows a close-up view of the struggle as officers continuously punch Huff and shock him with Tasers and trying to free the officer.
At one point the suspect can be seen clutching a lock of the female officer’s hair. Police manage to eventually subdue the suspect and free the officer.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told police and firefighters on Oct. 6 that after visiting the officer in hospital she said she refused to draw her weapon over fears of the kind of intense media scrutiny that followed other police shootings in the U.S.
“She looked at me and said she thought she was gonna die, and she knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” he said, according to the Tribune. “This officer could [have] lost her life.”