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Officer Didn't Shoot Attacker Because She Feared Backlash, Top Cop Says
By Kelly Bauer and Ted Cox
October 6, 2016 11:55 a.m.
CHICAGO — As her face was being smashed into the pavement by a suspect Wednesday, a Chicago Police officer thought about using her gun to stop the man. Instead she was knocked out. She had been too worried about what people would think if she had used her weapon, she said.
The attack happened Wednesday. Officers on patrol were responding to a car crash in Austin when a man who had been in the crash attacked them, police said. Three officers were injured, one of them seriously, and they were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
The officer who was seriously injured, a 43-year-old woman and 17-year veteran of the department, was still hospitalized Thursday morning, according to a Chicago Police news release.
The man had punched her and "repeatedly smashed her face into the pavement" until she was knocked out, police said. She suffered head trauma and multiple cuts to her face and head.
Another officer used Mace and a stun gun on the man and eventually placed him into custody, police said.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, speaking at an awards ceremony for the Police and Fire departments, said the officer thought she was going to die and thought she should have shot the man, but she did not because she was worried about scrutiny, according to tweets from Fran Spielman, a reporter for the Sun-Times.
The incident highlights the need to "change the narrative," Johnson said, according to Spielman.
Johnson says the female cop said she thought she was going to die and knew should have shot the offender, but didn't want to risk scrutiny.— Fran Spielman (@fspielman) October 6, 2016
Translation: “Scrutiny” means getting railroaded.
Johnson says Wednesday's incident is further proof of the need to "change the narrative."— Fran Spielman (@fspielman) October 6, 2016