CPD Launches Investigation After Assault Video
The Chicago Police Department has launched an internal investigation after video of a man being punched by an officer surfaced online.
22-year-old Robert Foreman was released from custody Monday after being charged with resisting arrest and public drinking.
What led up to the altercation remains a mystery as both police and witnesses tell drastically different stories. Foreman was released from custody on Monday. He says he had just been robbed shortly before the arrest took place, but police dispute his account.
“He was down, you can see it on the film. He was not fighting back, he wasn’t trying to flip,”Maurice Fulson, who recorded the arrest said.
Fulson recorded the video near the intersection of 88th St. and S. Wabash Ave. in the city’s Chatham neighborhood. Fulson says the officer in question tackled Foreman just before punches were thrown.
A source for the department says officers were going to write Foreman a ticket for public drinking, but he took off running. Now he’s facing charges of resisting arrest in addition to public drinking.
Foreman says he thought robbers were chasing him, but stopped as soon as he realized that police were.
“When I turned around and I seen him I’m like, ‘alright, I give up,’ and he just grabbed me and threw me down to the ground; I didn’t resist or nothing,” Foreman told WGN.
“Based on this video, CPD has opened an internal affairs investigation into this incident and will be forwarding the video and all relevant reports to the Independent Review board for investigation,” the department said in a statement. “We are committed to the highest levels of integrity and professional standards and look forward to IPRA’s review of this incident.”
Foreman is currently seeking legal representation for the incident. Just last week, video of another Black man, Shaquille O’Neal, being kicked in the head by a Chicago Police officer surfaced. That incident is also being reviewed by the IPRA.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below.