Fearing backlash, Chicago cop refused to shoot suspect as she’s brutally beaten

Chicago police

Altogether, three officers were injured in the attack and required medical attention, yet none chose to shoot the suspect. (Photo: ABC 7)

A response to a call about a traffic accident in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood Wednesday morning quickly turned violent, but at least one officer – although she feared for her life – refused to fire at the suspect, citing fear of the backlash that would follow.

The call came in around 10 a.m. after a man crashed his vehicle into a business, the Chicago Tribune reported. As officers arrived on the scene, they found the man wandering around. As they approached him to talk with him and ensure he was okay, the suspect – later determined to be high on PCP – turned on the officers and attacked them.

During the attack, the suspect repeatedly smashed a female officer’s head into the pavement with such force that she was knocked unconscious, but according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, the fear of what her family would likely face overpowered the fear of her losing her life. For this reason, she chose to keep her service weapon holstered.

“As I was at the hospital last night, visiting with her, 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,” Johnson said the day after the incident.

Another officer tased the suspect and pepper spray was also used, but neither had any effect on the suspect. It still took three officers to subdue the man, but none of them fired any shots. Johnson, as well as Dean Angelo, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, noted that an increasing number of law enforcement officers are second-guessing themselves in dangerous situations thanks to a recent rise in police scrutiny.

“If you participate in a deadly force situation you can save your life,” Angelo said, “but in 2016, you can lose your job.”

“We have to change the narrative of the law enforcement across this country,” Johnson concluded, also noting that the attack came after a so-called routine call about “a simple traffic accident” where the officers went “to render aid wherever they could.”

Johnson said the injured officer, a 17-year veteran of the force, although severely injured, remained in high spirits and is recovering.

The suspect, who has a prior criminal history, now faces charges for the attack.

Latest Reviews

  • Tuck & Carry: CCW in a Skirt

    Aimed at those who want the comfort and convenience of a skirt but with the protection of a holstered gun, the Tuck & Carry occupies what I term apparel holsters -- that is clothing/holster duos.

    Read More
  • The Marlin Dark in .45-70 is Stealthy and Modern

    Flash forward the lever gun of Western lore to the 2020s, where Marlin has taken that classic design and given it a modern upgrade. Meet the Marlin Dark.

    Read More
  • Gear Review: Sig Sauer Tango 6T 1-6

    Sig Sauer has long been a big name in the firearms industry, so it came as no surprise several years ago when Sig filled out its repertoire with its own optics line. Today, we’re looking at the Tango 6T, a 1-6 low power variable optic.

    Read More
  • First Look: Hornady 6mm ARC

    Hornady brought another impressive project to the shooting public in 2020 with the introduction of the 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge.

    Read More

Loading