Footage of Police Violence Puts Heat on Chicago Officials TheIntercept

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Footage of Police Violence Puts Heat on Chicago Officials


Dec. 9 2015, 12:35 a.m.

ON MONDAY, AMID PUBLIC OUTCRY in Chicago over police brutality and the announcement of a Justice Department probe into officers’ use of force, city officials released two more videos showing the killing or mistreatment of black men by law enforcement.

The latest footage, from 2012, shows officers in a Chicago jail using a Taser against 38-year-old Philip Coleman, then dragging his limp body out of his cell and down the hallway. Coleman later died in police custody.

According to Coleman’s father, Percy, his son experienced a mental health crisis when he visited his parents’ home on Chicago’s Far South Side in December 2012. Coleman, a graduate of the University of Chicago, was seeking his parents’ advice, his father said. Percy confirmed reports in the Chicago Tribune that the younger Coleman was “upset about…

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