CHICAGO (CBS) – The Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigated Sunday night into an incident two nights earlier on North Avenue Beach involving a woman walking her dog.
As reported by Steven Graves of CBS 2, an attorney told the woman that the incident was a clear case of racial profiling.
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Video shows a beach brawl between the woman and the male officer. A witness video shows the woman holding on to a dog while the officer first grabs her arm.
The two fight when the pet gets up on its hind legs at some point. The woman and the officer both walked into each other for a minute before letting go and both walking away.
The woman said she later called 911 claiming she was racially profiled.
Saulter Law PC lawyers said the woman, Nikkita Brown, was walking her dog near the beach around midnight last Friday night when the officer came and said he was going to kick her out because the beach closes at 11 p.m.
This is even though lawyers said Brown – who is black – saw other people who were white in the distance.
Brown started filming and the officer came closer claiming he was turning on his body camera.
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Brown is heard saying, “Please respect my face. It’s COVID. Six feet, ”as the officer says, trying to handcuff her.
“You don’t have a mask on,” Brown tells the officer.
The officer says: “I don’t need a mask – I’m outside.”
Brown’s lawyers said the officer tried to attack her, knocked the phone out of her hand and groped her. The lawyers added that Brown’s shoes had also failed.
Brown’s screams were heard by others who had also recorded from different angles. A video spread on social media.
On Sunday night, the Chicago police only announced that they were aware of the video. COPA has confirmed that it is investigating.
The officer is not identified.
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Brown’s attorney said his client suffered emotional trauma and called the incident an “unprovoked and brutal” attack.