Man allegedly beaten in wheelchair talks

January 22, 2008 7:51:47 PM PST
The Chicago man at the center of another videotaped beating by a police officer says he thought he was going to die.A surveillance camera in the lobby of Norwegian American Hospital caught 60-year-old Randle Miles being beaten by Chicago police officer William Cozzi.

It happened in 2005. Miles was there to be treated for a stab wound when he reportedly became verbally abusive.

He was in a wheelchair when Officer Cozzi beat him with a small baton.

"I didn't have no understanding why this was happening, and it was nothing I could do," said Miles. "I was shackled and handcuffed. I had no defense. I could do nothing but just sit there and take the beating."

Miles received a $125,000 settlement from the city over the beating.

Last year, Officer Cozzi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 18 months probation. He's scheduled to return to the force in April.

But Chicago's new police superintendent is reviewing the case and said he wants Cozzi fired.