Surveillance video from a Chicago high school reveals a shocking incident between the local police and a 16-year-old student who can be seen dragging down a flight of stairs before beating and Tasing her –
The incident began as Dnigma Howard was escorted out of the Marshall Metropolitan High School in January by two officers assigned to the school after a reported "confrontation" between her and the assistant principal. Police said that, as they were leading her out of the building, she attacked them, causing all three to fall down the stairs.
Video obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, however, paints a different picture. Howard can be seen standing next to one of the officers, and slowly turns towards him. Apparently unprompted, the officer then appears to grab her and throw her down the stairs. (19659005) CHICAGO FILES CIVIL COMPLAINT (19459017) CHICAGO FILES CIVIL COMPLAINT (19459017) CHICAGO FILES CIVIL COMPLAINT AGAINST JUSSIE SMOLLETT FOR INVESTIGATION COSTS
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Throughout the violent exchange, Howard's father stood by and was told not to intervene. Howard was arrested and charged with two felony accounts of aggravated battery against officers, who said in their report she "became irrational and initiated a physical altercation with the officers."
The charges against her have since been dropped of Justice, "but the Howard family has filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, the Chicago Public School system and the two officers involved in the altercation, Johnnie Pierre and Sherry Tripp.
"The Board of Education and CPD continue to fail our children. An unarmed 16-year-old girl was beaten, kicked, punched and tasered by officers, "Howard's lawyer Andrew M. Stroth said. "Those officers filed a false statement. Their statements are completely untrue and are completely contradicted by what is shown on the video.
Howard admitted that she had been the first to resist the officers, but only acted in her own
A spokesperson for Chicago Public Schools said they are "deeply disturbed and troubled by this incident that has no place in our schools."
Lori Lightfoot, to take the issue of police violence in the city's schools