COPA ends probe into CPD officer's confrontation with dog walker Nikkita Brown at North Avenue Beach

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The agency that oversees the Chicago Police Department has concluded its investigation into a confrontation between a police officer and a Black woman who claims she was racially profiled while walking her dog on the Lakefront in August.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates officer's use of force, said Thursday it sent its findings and recommendations to Supt. David Brown, though it didn't say what those findings were.

Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report.

If COPA believes the officer should be disciplined, Brown would have 30 days to decide whether to bring administrative charges forward.

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Videos provided by the woman's attorney show the altercation between his client and the officer.



The confrontation unfolded shortly after midnight Aug. 28 at North Avenue Beach and was captured on Nikkita Brown's cellphone camera as well as the officer's body camera.

Brown was walking her dog at North Avenue Beach, which was closed at the time of the incident. A pod camera captured the initial interaction, as Brown twice turned to walk away before the cop got out of his vehicle.

The bodycam video captures the entire thing.

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Bodycam video shows the altercation between a CPD officer and a Black woman at North Avenue Beach. Bystander video went viral.



Officer: (beep turns on body came) Now understand this.
Brown: Please don't, please respect my space. It's COVID. Six feet.
Officer: Respect your space? I'm about to put handcuffs on you.
Brown: You do not have a mask on!
Officer: I don't need a mask! I'm outside!
Officer: You need to exit.
Brown: Please back up. Back up, man! Back up!
Officer: Get out of the park! What do you not understand about that? The park is closed!

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And then:

Brown: Stop spitting on me!
Officer: I'm not spitting on you!
Brown: You are spitting. Back up!
Speaking exclusively to ABC News, Brown said she feared for her life.

"I thought I was going to die," she said. "I thought he was going to kill me."

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The video shows the officer physically struggling with Brown as he tries to force her off the beach.

Officer: Straight to the exit!
Brown: I feel threatened.
Officer: Good!
Brown: Back up.
Officer: I'm about to put handcuffs on you...
Brown: Back up.
Officer: ...if you don't keep walking.
Brown: Back up.
Officer: Do you want to test me on this?
Brown: Back up.
(Officer grabs phone)

Brown: Let go of me! Let go! Let go! Let go! Let go! Let go! (Screams)
They struggle for more than a minute as the bodycam falls to the ground, but continues recording audio.

Officer: Once I put handcuffs on you, you are going to jail, and you're going to lose your dog!
Brown: Let go.
Officer: Are you going to leave the park?
Brown: Let go. Get off of me.
Officer: Are you going to leave the park?
Brown: Let go. Get off of me.
Officer: Answer my question!
Brown. Let go, and get off of me.
Officer: You're under arrest.

The officer did not arrest Brown. Before the confrontation pod video shows the officer in his vehicle appearing to confront at least two other groups of people who then leave the beach without incident.

After the confrontation, which lasts roughly two minutes, the officer releases Brown and she asks him for his badge number as she walks away.

Brown's lawyers have called the altercation with the white officer "an obvious case of racial profiling."

The officer was placed on desk duty while COPA conducted its investigation.

Eyewitness News is not naming the officer that was involved in the case because that officer has not been charged with any crime.

According to the Invisible Institute, a nonprofit that tracks data on police conduct, the officer involved had 24 complaints filed against him from 2000-2018. Three resulted in discipline.

Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.
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