CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Board has voted to fireside an officer accused of beating and choking a person throughout an arrest, regardless that a choose discovered him not responsible of the costs earlier this yr.
In a 5-2 determination, the board voted to dismiss Chicago Police Officer Louis Garcia for his actions on Might 31, 2019, when Garcia and his accomplice arrested a person at a bus cease within the 9700 block of South Business Avenue.
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The board discovered that Garcia not solely beat and choked the person, however did not safe him within the police automotive and did not file the total arrest on his physique digital camera. The board additionally accused him of mendacity in a report in regards to the arrest.
Garcia was criminally charged with official misconduct final yr by Prepare dinner County prosecutors who mentioned the confrontation started when the suspect used a racial slur towards Garcia.
Garcia then positioned his fingers across the man’s neck for greater than 10 seconds, when Garcia’s accomplice intervened. As soon as within the police automotive, prosecutors mentioned the suspect tried to chew the officers from the backseat and Garcia hit the person within the face along with his elbow.
A choose acquitted Garcia on all counts this previous April.
Garcia’s lawyer, Jim McKay, mentioned the police board “had it fallacious” and that he was advising Garcia to enchantment the dismissal.
“There isn’t any proof by any means that Garcia choked this man with the intent to limit his [airflow],” McKay mentioned. “That is towards the totality of all of the proof within the listening to.”
A federal lawsuit filed final yr accused Garcia of assaulting the identical man throughout a July 2007 arrest, although the go well with says that case was settled out of court docket.
Garcia has drawn extra use of power complaints than 99% of his colleagues within the division, in accordance with the Invisible Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit that collects authorities info.
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Garcia has been named in lawsuits with different legislation enforcement officers during the last 12 years, with allegations starting from extreme use of power to creating false prices.
Supt. David Brown had advisable dismissal for Garcia, his accomplice and two officers who did not “adequately assessment” experiences of the incident. The accomplice, Manuel Giron, was given a 20-day suspension with out pay. The 2 different officers had been reinstated.
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