Newly released IPRA evidence shows police heavy handedness

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I-Team found 74 firearm discharge incidents in which suspects were wounded or killed and 25 incidents involving subjects in police custody. (WLS)

When more than 300 audio and video files and hundreds of pages of police records were released on Friday, authorities focused on six so-called "heater" cases.

The Friday dump of documents and videos by beleaguered officials from Chicago's police oversight agency - the Independent Police Review Authority -- pointed news organizations to six excessive force cases among the 101 cases that were made public.

The ABC7 I-Team went digging into the 95 other cases that were released.

There is a thread of police heavy handedness that runs through the files.

A video from last Oct. 7 shows suspect Albert Payne getting roughed up. Payne was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana.

While inspecting city records, the I-Team found 74 firearm discharge incidents in which suspects were wounded or killed and 25 incidents that occurred while subjects were in police custody.

Suspects are seen throttled with fists and elbows.

A suspect in a minor disorderly case is seen on video being thrown face-first into a police station door jam. The attached incident report describes the man's injuries as having occurred when he "fell forward while unlacing his shoes as he was inebriated."

In one mugshot, the suspect Shaun Magill sports a wound on his forehead. Then as he is fingerprinted, the video appears to show police mocking him.

There are at least two incidents that show officers opening fire on a moving vehicle. In one of those cases, an officer is attempting to shoot out the tires of a fleeing suspect vehicle.

Two videos especially reveal the chaos that officers face while making arrests:

A video shows officers surrounded by hostile crowds that shout insults and obscenities and appear to be trying to provoke additional violence. The incident occurred last July, following a gang member on parole who police say pulled a gun on officers and was shot.

Another video shot by a bystander last September after a 35-year-old man drinking on the street ran from police who Tasered him. Eli Cook was charged with resisting arrest, drinking in public and possessing a small amount of marijuana.

The oldest files released date back to 2011. The 101 files were made public under a new city policy do not represent the full file of brutality and misconduct cases.

Right now that city caseload stands at more than 750 investigations including 75 shootings by Chicago police officers.
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