In response to the Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability, a number of complaints have been filed in opposition to cops, together with one by which 18-year-old Miracle Boyd stated an officer knocked out her entrance tooth whereas she was recording the arrest of one other protester. “The police officer got here as much as me, and he smacked the telephone out of my hand, and it hit me within the mouth,” Boyd stated. The officer has not but been recognized.
Boyd informed BuzzFeed Information that she was leaving to go house when she heard fireworks. She started recording a Fb livestream and headed in that course, the place she noticed folks being abused by the police. “They have been beating a white lady with a baton,” Boyd stated. “They have been macing everybody. I used to be attempting to get footage of the police viciously attacking on folks.” In Boyd’s livestream, an officer might be seen knocking her telephone out of her hand as she data. The identical officer was caught punching Boyd within the face in a video shared on Twitter by social activist group GoodKids MadCity. The group additionally shared a photograph by which Boyd is depicted bleeding from the mouth with lacking and damaged tooth.
.@chicagosmayor we now have the video of Miracle being sucker punched by CPD! They donÃ¢ÂÂt preserve us secure! Whereas theyÃ¢ÂÂre attacking a 2020 CPS graduates downtown, youngsters have been being shot tonight! A pregnant Womxn was shot & a 14 & 15y/o! It’s good to #DefundCPD now! pic.twitter.com/gYT4CL5HJ9
Ã¢ÂÂ GoodKidsMadCity (@GKMC18) July 18, 2020
“I felt that my tooth was gone and I felt like I used to be going fucking loopy,” she stated, particularly as a result of she was already aware that she had a spot between her two entrance tooth. “This occurred in like 5 minutes — from me saying I am leaving to me getting my tooth knocked out.” Whereas some commented on the video accusing Boyd of “being the aggressor” as a result of she was yelling, she informed BuzzFeed Information she “by no means as soon as swung at a police officer [or] threw something at a police officer.”
As Boyd’s picture went viral, activists and native leaders spoke as much as condemn the actions of the police division. The condemnations included one from Illinois Sen. Robert Peters, who stated his workplace provided Boyd an internship final week due to her group activism. “[An] 18-year-old who fights on daily basis for gun violence prevention, who fights for a secure group, and what did she face? Abuse,” Peters stated, in line with NBC Information.
In an announcement to the press on Saturday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned the protesters who allegedly attacked cops earlier than including that stories have been made from officers utilizing extreme pressure, which is “additionally unacceptable.” Lightfoot stated: “Sadly, final evening, a portion of the protesters turned violent. Numerous people got here with frozen water bottles, rocks, bottles, cans and different gear to throw at officers. Folks within the crowd additionally threw fireworks and different incendiary units at police, inflicting damage in a number of instances. These violent acts are unacceptable and put everybody in danger.” She added that her administration is trying into controversial monuments and can launch particulars of a plan within the close to future.
In response to NBC Information, native officers expressed criticism of the mayor’s response. Ald. Jeanette Taylor of town’s 20th Ward stated: “We can’t proceed to fund individuals who kill us. We simply can’t. We’re so fascinated with defending a useless statue that we don’t defend the 34 individuals who received shot over the weekend?”
A GoFundMe made in assist of paying Boyd’s medical bills has raised greater than $80,000 to this point. The younger activist informed BuzzFeed Information that whereas she is grateful for the assist, the general focus must be elsewhere. “I do not need this to be about me as a result of it is a struggle we’re all combating and I am not doing this alone,” she stated. “There may be significantly issues fallacious inside the Black and brown group that should change and I will do the whole lot in energy to verify my individuals are good.”
The Chicago Police Division informed BuzzFeed Information they are going to be conducting an investigation into the incident, claiming that the division “strives to deal with all people our officers encounter with respect” and doesn’t “tolerate misconduct.”