Chicago Lawsuit Over Police Brutality Caught on Video

Chicago Police Slam WomanOn Thursday, July 9th Lisa Simmons and her son, Jeremiah Smith, filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department over an incident from last year in which they can be seen on video being beaten by Chicago cops. The video shows Smith being hit by a police officer and Simmons being slammed against a police car after she complained about Smith being harassed by that officer. Also in the video, the cop who assaulted both of them can be seen threatening others with a baton, even though no-one has made any sort threatening act toward him.

Moments later, that officer used the baton to strike Smith very hard in the side of the head after yelling at and grabbing him. Afterwards, the officers claimed in their police reports that Smith had attempted to hit the cop who struck him. That can pretty clearly seen not to be the case in the video.

Rahsaan Gordon, the lawyer for Smith and Simmons, maintained in an interview with CBS2 News in Chicago that Smith didn’t even so much as threaten any of the police officers or in any other way justify being assaulted:

In the video, police arrive on the scene of a block party at 15th and South Christiana. An officer approaches Jeremiah Smith, yells at him and hits him so hard with his police baton Smith’s white hat flies off his head.

Smith attorney Rahsaan Gordon disagrees that his client threatened the officer.

“He never uttered a word to him,” Gordon says.

In the video, a woman holding a baby, screams and then covers her mouth after seeing Smith, stumble to the ground.

“This is a perfect glimpse into how even a small child can see some of this brutal violence that is being issued by these people who are sent into our communities to serve and to protect,” Gordon says.

Both Smith and Lisa Simmons have filed a lawsuit against the city and the police. Simmons is a woman seen getting arrested in the video.

Gordon says police fabricated information in a police report saying Simmons was drinking and that Smith attempted to hit the officer.

“Anyone with any level of decent vision, can see that’s simply not true in the video,” the attorney says.

Although it’s not clear why exactly police showed up, ABC7 News in Chicago stated the group of neighbors were holding the block party to celebrate two residents of that neighborhood being signed to a recording contract.

According to a Chicago police spokesperson, the incident is being “investigated” by their Independent Police Review Authority. I’m sure they’ll get right to the bottom of this.

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Kelly is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada Cop Block, served as editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official Cop Block Press Passes.
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17 Comments

  1. “Boom!” Headshot. Whoops, shit, someone get him a bandaid and a check.

    1. one thing you’re not afraid to admit too is coming to copblock trolling the articles

    2. CS:
      Yeah. Bet that hurt.
      Gotta love edited video though

      I did chuckle about the lawyer taking about the little kid. Apparently he doesn’t care that the kid was taken to a drunken illegal block party.

      1. Are you hanging around waiting for Raymond to hand your ass to you? I wonder how well you would type missing four fingers.

    1. Any and all laws that interfere or spit on the Constitution are null n void. You do not need a permission slip to use your rights or plubic space.

      If your to scared to stand up and use your rights. You should know if the street isn’t blocked off then no permit is needed. Go ahead a reread your link and dig deeper, if your not to busy fapping to cop porn.

      If your to much of a coward to live free without getting permission to go piss, then your not american.

      You traitors make me sick. Can’t even think how many Americans gave there lives for your chance at life. You thank them by spiting on there grave markers? Your all sad sad little cowards

  2. The edited video only shows a couple of things and not the whole story. Illegal block party, cops called, people drunk and belligerent. Go figure.

    1. Show me the law where is it illegal to have a block party, and I will point you to the First Amendment and the freedom to assemble. You’re a treasonous motherfucker who is going to die in the most horrible painful way possible. Enjoy your final breath, they are few.

        1. You kind of feel stupid about adding the more pay on the end of the more emails more threats comment don’t you? I see it’s starting to bother you though, that is perfect. I would suggest you enjoy what time you have left.

        2. Only cumguzzler I see here is you “JC”. Put that cop cock out your mouth and insert your police issued firearm. Then pull the trigger.

          Trust me no one will miss you…

        3. If you made all the reports you say you have made you would be arrested for filing false reports by now you fucking idiot, you aren’t fooling anyone.

    2. Just like how every police dept edits there videos and always stops right before anything happens. You know covering up there(police) crimes. Or how they stall the court, media, victims family’s from seeing any and all videos till well after the statue of limitations expires. Bluring out officers faces but leaving witnesses and passerby’s faces intact. They don’t mind putting others lives in jeopardy but sure enough they will cover up for there officers most violent fucked up crimes.

      You are probley sending that cop that was attempting to rape the 14yo money over gofundme. Pedofile cops gotta watch out for each other right?

      Anything else to add JC? Going to send yourself another email?

  3. ‘Those who would give up Essential Liberty
    to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
    deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
    Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson where known to quote this passage.
    I am not sure if cop block is right all the time, but I have learned some things on how to handle my self and to once again know my rights. “Those who descent on those who challenge are no more free than a sheep.” Me
    Thanks for the youtube video

    1. Ray:
      So…in your mind Ben and Tom had illegal drunken block parties….at infringes upon the freedoms and rights of others in mind when they were repeating to passage?

      Nope.

      Your “rights” don’t outweigh anyone else’s rights.

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