- Sep 26, 2011
Fleeing, unarmed people shot in the back. Mentally ill men and women, not suspected of any crime, tasered while they lay on the ground. People already detained or incapacitated who were beaten, with police accounts falsely describing the force as necessary.
"In the video, officers can be seen aggressively grabbing the woman, who was being arrested for a prostitution offense, throwing her to the ground, and surrounding her. After she is handcuffed, one officer tells another to 'tase her ten f——— times.' Officers call her an animal, threaten to kill her and her family, and scream, 'I'll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f—- you came from' while hitting the woman — who was handcuffed and on her knees. Officers can then be seen discovering a recording device and discussing whether they can take it. Supervisors approved this use of force and the officers were not disciplined until after the woman complained to IPRA and produced surveillance video of the event."
"Black youth told us that they are routinely called 'n——r,' 'animal,' or 'pieces of shit' by CPD officers. A 19-year-old black male reported that CPD officers called him a 'monkey.' Such statements were confirmed by CPD officers. One officer we interviewed told us that he personally has heard coworkers and supervisors refer to black individuals as monkeys, animals, savages, and 'pieces of shit.' "