IPRA recommends 28-120 day suspensions for officers in 2012 Taser death

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Judge rules police used excessive force in Coleman lawsuit
A federal judge has ruled that a Chicago police officer used excessive force by dragging a man from his jail cell.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The city's Independent Police Review Authority has recommended 28- to 120-day suspensions for the six Chicago police officers involved in the 2012 Taser death of Philip Coleman.

Coleman died after a stun gun was used on him inside his jail cell in 2012.


A seventh officer involved has since retired from the force.

Chicago Superintendent Eddie Johnson will determine if he will carry out the IPRA recommendations.

Coleman's brother Jeff responded to the recommendation, saying, "Justice was not served. It's smoke and mirrors. We will push forward and we will get justice."

In December, the city released video of the 2012 incident, which shows police rousing Coleman from his jail cell. Within seconds, an officer fires a Taser multiple times. Then Coleman is handcuffed and his limp body dragged out of the jail cell and down a corridor.