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Chicago PD releases video of vicious attack on officer who feared using deadly force


Oct. 15–Chicago police released video Friday of a police incident last week that drew attention after Superintendent Eddie Johnson said a female officer who was severely injured told him she didn’t use her gun to defend herself for fear of public backlash.

Authorities have said the officer suffered a concussion, bone chips to the shoulder, and wrist and a neck injury after Parta Huff repeatedly slammed her head onto concrete pavement and pulled chunks of hair from her head.

Audio and video from a dashboard camera in her squad car and a body camera from another responding officer captured the chaotic scene from Oct. 5 after a car crashed into the front of a liquor store at Roosevelt Road and Cicero Avenue on the West Side. Authorities said Huff, the lone occupant of the car, was walking from the scene and ignored the officers’ commands to stop.

The dashcam shows a citizen flag down the officers and point to Huff, wearing a red shirt, red jeans and a red stocking cap.

“That’s him?” the officer’s male partner shouts from the driver’s seat.

The squad car then comes to a stop and the video shows the partner walking toward Huff.

“Come here! Come here! Hey, I ain’t playing with you, dude,” he says angrily. “I’m gonna Tase you in like two seconds. I ain’t f—- around with you. Get your hands behind your back.”

The partner then tries to put Huff’s hands behind his back as the female officer tries to restrain him from the front, using both of her hands on his left arm.

“I don’t give a f— who you are,” the partner says to Huff. “I know who you are.”

The officers starts to struggle with Huff, a scuffle that moves toward the front of the squad car.

“Taser. Taser. Get on the ground!” the female officer shouts at Huff as her partner uses the device on him.

As the two officers continue to struggle with Huff, the female officer grabs hold of one strand of a pair of handcuffs, while the other is wrapped around his left wrist.

The partner then grabs Huff by the back of his neck and throws a punch. The struggle spills farther down the street. Suddenly, Huff and the female officer both tumble to the street.

“Let her go! Let go!” the partner shouts repeatedly at Huff as several Cook County sheriff’s deputies run over to help.

Meanwhile, the body camera from another responding officer shows him grabbing Huff by the leg and attempting to pull him away from the female officer. Huff, though, continues to grab the female officer’s hair.

“Let her go! Let her go!” a male officer shouts.

The female officer can be heard grunting. “Ugh, he’s ripping my …” she says before the loud crackling of a police radio.

One of the officers repeatedly shouts, “10-1,” an emergency call for an officer in need of assistance.

“He’s not letting go! We’re Tasing! It’s not working!”

“Let her go! Just let her f—- go!” an officer exclaims. “He’s got her hair! He won’t let go!”

Huff, bleeding from the mouth, lets out a scream.

“We’ve got fire en route, you guys,” a dispatcher announces over the police radio.

More officers arrive. Huff is eventually carried off by a group of officers with his hands cuffed behind his back.

He is eventually carried off by a group of officers with his hands cuffed behind his back.

The female officer can be heard in the background telling someone what happened to her.

“Banging my head on the ground. And pounding my face … ripping my hair,” she says.

At the end of the video, a firefighter approaches the officer wearing the body camera. The officer explains that he was hit with a Taser while struggling with Huff on the ground.

“A couple months ago, you could have shot him,” the firefighter said.

Huff, of Maywood, was ordered held without bail last week on charges of attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated battery to a police officer. Authorities said he tested positive for PCP.

The female officer’s partner twice used a Taser on Huff, prosecutors said.

Court records show that Huff was out on bail after appearing in court earlier that day on charges he attacked a Forest Park officer who had stopped him for running a stop sign in April.

At a public ceremony honoring heroic officers and firefighters the next day, Johnson brought up what the female officer had told him at the hospital.

“She looked at me and said she thought she was gonna die, and she knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” he said.



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