Family sues Chicago police sergeant caught on video pinning teen to ground in Park Ridge

CPD Sgt. Michael Vitellaro was acquitted on on charges related to the incident

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Family sues CPD sergeant seen pinning suburban teen to ground
A family is suing Michael Vitellaro after the Chicago police sergeant was caught on camera pinning teen Josh Nieves to the ground in Park Ridge, IL.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A lawsuit has been filed against a Chicago police officer who was off-duty when he was caught on video pinning a teen to the ground.

CPD Sergeant Michael Vitellaro accused the teen of stealing his son's bicycle.

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He was acquitted on charges of aggravated assault and official misconduct.

Now, the family of 14-year old Josh Nieves has filed a civil lawsuit against the officer and the city of Chicago.

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