The video, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, appears to contradict the officers' statements on how the incident unfolded, including that the student initiated the violent encounter - again raising questions of the oversight, training and stationing of police officers in Chicago Public Schools.
Dnigma Howard (center) leaves the Cook County Juvenile Center on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 with her father Laurentio Howard (left) and attorney Andrew M. Stroth after a hearing where charges were dismissed against her in an incident last month at Marshall High School.
"She wasn't really fighting back".
According to NBC Chicago, 16-year-old Dnigma Howard was initially charged with two counts of aggravated battery because CPD officials alleged that she was the aggressor in the situation.More news: Leicester City vs. Newcastle United - Football Match Report
Distressing footage has emerged of two Chicago cops tasering a 16-year-old girl at her high school.
In an amended complaint filed Thursday, his attorneys argue that the new surveillance footage shows that the officers tackled the girl "without cause or provocation" and said the officers accused the girl of assaulting them when "she was actually trying to shield herself from the officers' vicious and unwarranted attack".
The initial cellphone video did not fully show the actions of the police officers at the bottom of the stairs as they moved out of view. Howard watches on as officers push his child toward the staircase and begin using excessive force. "An unarmed 16-year-old girl was beaten, kicked, punched and tasered by Officers Johnnie Pierre and Sherry Tripp". She was also tased, the lawsuit says.
"They did everything they could to protect her from being hurt and they used the Taser because she seriously injured those two officers and she needs to be recharged", Kevin Graham, FOP president, said at the time. "The saving grace for Dnigma is that this was caught on camera". The officers stand on either side of Dnigma as she talks to another student and gives her a hug.More news: Nazem Kadri facing 5-game suspension for hit on DeBrusk
The lawsuit says the girl grabbed the officer's vest to avoid falling down the stairs, but as a result they both fell.
As the police officers were escorting her from the building a distressing dispute erupted and was captured on film by the teenager's father, Laurentio Howard.
However, Howard has maintained that she was asked to speak to a school counselor, a resource she is required to have available to her as a part of her Individualized Education Program. "CPD will remain guided by the facts of the investigation", the department said in a statement.
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In response to inquiries about the video, a CPS spokesperson said the school district is deeply disturbed and troubled by the incident. He's appealing to Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot to change the practice.