A disturbing video has surfaced of a Chicago cop repeatedly hitting a 16-year-old boy with handcuffs after stopping him because he matched a description of a robber.
The shocking incident took place on November 25 around 6.40pm at the Roosevelt Red Line train station.
According to police the boy, identified as Skyler Miller, matched the description of a robbery subject, as per the Chicago Sun Times. He was waiting for the train home after a day of shopping when he was stopped by police.
But he didn’t go easy when they tried to detain him – he threatened the officers, clenched his fists, flailed his arms and shrieked let go of me in a two-minute clash with police that was all caught on cell phone video.
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A Chicago police officer was caught on camera beating 16-year-old Skyler Miller over the head with handcuffs on November 25 at 6.40pm. That officer is now under investigation
Cops wrestled with Miller for about two minutes until one officer started to hit him repeatedly on the head with handcuffs to beat him into submission
By the end of the shocking video four officers were on top of Miller. They went after him because he fit the description of a robber but he was later released because cops failed to get statements from robbery victims
Miller claims that the officers didn’t explain why they were arresting him and they approached him by throwing him against a wall.
‘Two officers came up and one threw me against the wall and they tried to put the cuffs on me. They didn’t tell me why. They didn’t tell me what I was arrested for,’ he said to the local paper.
‘I was like what’s going on and I see they just grabbing me and they get to beating me, because they couldn’t grab me, they were trying to slam me,’ he said to Fox32.
He wrestled with three officers that tried to hold him down for about two minutes, that’s when an officer started to repeatedly struck him in the head, trying to force him calm down.
The video shows the officer striking Miller on top of his head five times with a closed first and while holding a pair of handcuffs.
People at the station people are heard crying ‘Why are you hitting him? What are you hitting him?’
After cops successfully arrested him Miller struggled to get up and lost his balance following the rough blows to his head. He’s considering filing a lawsuit
Miller says that the cops aggressively approached him and failed to explain why they were arresting him. The officer who hit him is now under investigation for use of force
After striking him the officers successfully pin him to the ground, four officers pile on top of him, and place him in cuffs.
One cop slaps the cellphone of a bystander recording the incident.
After cops lift Miller to his feet he looks confused and struggled to stand.
He was arrested and released after officers failed to get any statements from the victims of the alleged robbery.
Police say he’s facing charges of resisting arrest while Miller is considering filing a lawsuit and has been in touch with investigators.
Now the Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the officer for use of force.
A police spokeswoman shared a statement following the COPA investigation.
‘This was an incident where an individual was resisting arrest. A use of force investigation has been opened into the Officers’ actions by the Civilian Office of pOlice Accountability (COPA) to establish if policies were violated and CPD will fully cooperate with COPAs investigation.’