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Body camera video shows a violent arrest that is now a civil rights lawsuit

February 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Body camera video of a violent arrest in Chicago is now key evidence in a new federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the man police are seen slamming to the ground.

(CNN)Body camera video of a violent arrest in Chicago is now key evidence in a new federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the man police are seen slamming to the ground.

The arrest report of the incident, provided to CNN by Kennedy's attorneys and featured as part of the lawsuit, says that Kennedy looked "directly in (the officers') direction and stiffen(ed) his body" and "his eyes enlarge(d), meaning his eyebrows rose which produced a shocked look his face. "

Officers wrote in the report that Kennedy's appearance, and the fact that he "adjusted his hands and manipulated his front lap area," led them to believe he was concealing a gun.

The body camera video from the two responding officers, provided by Kennedy's attorneys, shows officers run up to him and almost immediately slam him into a brick wall and then the pavement.

At one point, the video shows one of the officer's hands grabbing Kennedy by the neck.

Chicago Police records show he was arrested on two charges of resisting arrest and one charge of aggravated battery of a police officer.

The criminal charges against Kennedy were dropped four months later, on December 18, 2020, according to a spokesperson from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

The lawsuit claims that the defendants — in this case the city of Chicago and the two arresting officers — used excessive force, subjected Kennedy to false arrest, violated his due processes, and four other counts.

A spokesman for the Chicago Police said that the department "cannot comment on pending or proposed litigation. " CNN reached out to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office for a comment on the lawsuit but did not immediately hear back.

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