Man charged in courthouse attack on deputies

May 20, 2010

Jamal Smith, 28, is charged with three felony counts: two counts of resisting arrest, and one of aggravated battery to a peace officer.

Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart made the bond announcement Thursday.

Smith has been in Cook County Jail since being arrested in October on weapons charges.

On Monday, he was taken to Bridgeview courthouse for a scheduled appearance. While in the courthouse, he reportedly became upset about wearing handcuffs and became combative, getting in a verbal argument with deputies.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Smith threatened a deputy that "he wouldn't go home today" after Smith was placed in a holding cell. When deputies tried to remove him from the cell, he reportedly attacked them, injuring three deputies.

The deputies were taken to area hospitals for treatment. One deputy was treated for being bitten and released. The second deputy suffered a ruptured thumb ligament and will need surgery, while a third is believed to have a rotator cuff injury.

Smith has been arrested six times on weapons charges and robbery, among other charges. He is now back in Cook County Jail with his next court date scheduled for June 10th.

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