Ex-CPD officer charged over incident involving woman walking dog on North Avenue Beach – NBC Chicago
A former Chicago police officer has been charged with multiple crimes related to a controversial incident in which he caught a black woman walking her dog last summer on North Avenue Beach.
Officer Bruce Dyker, who resigned from the department in May amid the investigation, faces one count of aggravated battery and two counts of official misconduct, according to Cook County court records.
“The lakeside is now tripping because she was attacked there,” attorney Keenan Saulter previously said. “And more importantly, she was attacked by someone who had sworn to protect her.”
Dyker, who was placed on desk duty shortly after the incident, had been a Chicago officer since 1998. The encounter happened shortly after midnight in August when Dyker approached Nikkita Brown and asked her to leave the beach because it was closed, according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
Body camera video released by Brown’s attorney shows Brown asking the officer to respect his space as he exits his cruiser. “It’s Covid”, we can hear him say.
It’s unclear what happened before the video, but Dyker can be heard responding, “Respect your space? I’m about to handcuff you.
Video taken by a bystander, which was widely shared after the incident, appears to show Brown and her dog walking away from the officer as he continues to follow her and gesturing with his arms to pull her away from the edge of the lake. The video, taken remotely, does not capture the audio of their conversation.
Brown then stops, with a cell phone in her hand, and the officer can be seen attempting to pick up her phone, grabbing and holding her right arm with both hands as she screams and struggles to break free, still holding her hand. leash of his dog, entangled in the fight. Brown loses a shoe and drops her phone as the officer takes control of both of her arms and completely restrains her.
The Chicago police officer captured on video during an altercation with a woman in North Avenue Beach has had more than two dozen complaints filed against him, records show, three of which resulted in disciplinary action . Reporting by Phil Rogers of NBC 5 Investigates.
The physical struggle lasts a little over a minute before the officer frees her. They can be seen continuing to talk to each other as she collects her things and then walks away from the edge of the lake. The officer walks in the opposite direction, towards the beach and the video ends.
Lawyers for Brown, who is black, called the encounter an “unprovoked attack” and a “clear case of racial profiling”, saying she was emotionally traumatized by the confrontation.