CHICAGO - Two Chicago Police officers have been charged with battery and official misconduct after one allegedly punched a suspected shoplifter and the other was accused of yanking a 14-year-old girl's ponytail
after suspecting her of shoplifting, the police superintendent said Wednesday.
Both incidents were caught on store surveillance cameras while officers were questioning the suspects, Police Superintendent Philip Cline said."Based on what I saw, the offender posed no immediate threat to the safety of the officers or others in the room," Cline said. He said the officers' behavior was "unacceptable."
Larry Guy and Alexandra Martinez, both 11-year veterans of the department, were charged Tuesday with battery and official misconduct. Guy also was charged with attempting to obstruct justice.
Martinez allegedly slapped and pulled the ponytail of the teenage girl suspected of shoplifting at a J.C. Penney store in April. Guy allegedly punched and shoved a 21-year-old man suspected of shoplifting at a Target store in June. [...]The misconduct charge is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison
, and the other charges are misdemeanors, each punishable by up to a year in prison.
Cline has also started proceedings to fire the two officers. [...]
For a long time now the police in Amerika have been increasingyly violent and dangerous to society. They no longer behave within the standards of civil society, and most believe this behavior is warranted, to protect the safety of the officer. But when a case comes along where they actually are caught on camera, it is proven that even when their is no immediate threat they still could not conduct themselves professionally. It's situations like this that can stamp out the "Good Ole Boys" network in police work, where cops won't turn other cops in for their dangerous actions towards the same people they are supposed to be protecting. When there is no way to deny the facts, the higher ups must do something.
God only knows how many times this has occurred without it being caught on camera!! I'm sure many people have stories of cops who have gone beyond the laws that they are supposed to be enforcing. I know I do!!