Friday, October 09, 2009

Illinois Cop Beats Special Needs Student On Camera

This from CBS 2 Chicago:

Marshawn Pitts, 15, Says He Was Beaten
And Suffocated Because His Shirt Was Not Tucked In

A 15-year-old student was walking down a hallway at school when he says a police officer grabbed him and threw him to the ground. But that's not all. The teenager says he was beaten and nearly suffocated.
Security cameras captured the beating of a 15-year-old Special Education student by a police officer. Marshawn Pitts says the officer started shouting and swearing at him because his shirt wasn't tucked in. "I was tucking my shirt in," Pitts said.
But it's what happened next that had Marshawn Pitts worried for his life. Pitts says the officer came at him suddenly. "It was just like boom," Pitts said. He says he was blindsided by the officer, thrown into lockers and struck repeatedly.
In the video, you can see that he gets slammed to the ground and his face smashed into the floor. His nose was broken.

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