COPS allegedly punched a woman, 18, in the face and KNOCKED OUT her teeth during a protest to pull down a Christopher Columbus statue.
Video shared on social media shows the moment of the alleged incident Miracle Boyd, 18, was punched in Chicago on Friday.
Miracle Boyd, 18, claims her teeth were knocked out when a cop punched her at a protest in Chicago on Friday[/caption]
In the video, a cop is seen nearing a teen before swinging his fist at her and apparently making contact with her face.
“They don’t keep us safe!” GoodKids MadCity tweeted of police.
Boyd told ABC7 she was recording an argument she had with a cop when he allegedly attacked her.
“A police officer came up to me and he smacked my phone out of my hand and it hit me in the mouth and my tooth got knocked out,” Boyd told ABC.
“My tooth was knocked out,” she said.
“I have lip abrasions in my mouth. My teeth hurt really bad.”
According to a GoFundMe organized to help cover medical expenses, Boyd – who is an activist of anti-violence group GoodKids MadCity – had just spoken to a crowd of protesters at Grant Park when the incident occurred.
She has actively advocated for an end to “systemic police violence” and a “lack of neighborhood investment,” according to the GoFundMe.
Some demonstrators had planned to pull down a statue of Christopher Columbus and lassoed it, Injustice Watch reported.
Boyd had tried to “deescalate” the situation as the unidentified officer neared her before allegedly knocking her phone away and hitting her, the fundraiser alleged.
Boyd was reportedly recording an argument with a cop when he neared her[/caption]
The cop then allegedly knocked the phone out of her hand[/caption]
After he knocked her hand away, the cop allegedly punched Boyd[/caption]
‘A police officer came up to me and he smacked my phone out of my hand and it hit me in the mouth and my tooth got knocked out,’ Boyd claimed[/caption]
Chicago police did not identify the officer to Injustice Watch.
Cops said that items including fireworks, frozen water bottles and rocks were thrown at cops on Friday, NBC Chicago reported.
As officers and demonstrators clashed, at least 18 cops were injured, and 12 people were arrested, NBC reported.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said several complaints have been filed against cops.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a statement in response to the incidents on Friday.
“Unfortunately, last night, a portion of the protesters turned violent,” Lightfoot said.
She condemned people for throwing items at cops and the called the reported excessive force by police “unacceptable.”
“I have spoken to the director of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, and she has assured me that @ChicagoCOPA stands ready to address these complaints and will ensure that each of these is dealt with and investigated,” Lightfoot said.
She added: “It is my sincere hope that we can strike the right balance to ensure people can rightfully express themselves & their First Amendment rights, but do so in a way that does not put anyone’s physical safety at risk.
“That would be consistent with our long history of peaceful protest.”
The incidents came amid ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd.
A GoFundMe has been organized to help cover medical expenses for Boyd[/caption]
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