North Avenue Beach confrontation between CPD, woman walking dog not racially motivated, COPA finds

North Avenue Beach confrontation between CPD, woman walking dog not racially motivated, COPA finds

CHICAGO — A police oversight company discovered {that a} confrontation final yr with a Black girl and a Chicago police officer at North Avenue Seaside was not racially motivated, however nonetheless beneficial that the officer be fired or suspended for extreme power.

The officer, Bruce Dyker, resigned final month earlier than any formal disciplinary fees had been handed down. He was later charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct.

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The Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability mentioned in a report launched Thursday that out there proof couldn’t set up that the lady, Nikkita Brown, “was handled in a different way from different equally located people of a nonprotected class” when Dyker demanded she go away the seashore shortly after midnight on Aug. 28 as she walked her French bulldog.

Earlier than his encounter with Brown, Dyker additionally gave an African American couple and 4 white or Hispanic males an order to go away the park, in accordance with COPA. Dyker did not activate his physique digital camera throughout these interactions.

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The company mentioned it reviewed previous complaints in opposition to Dyker and “could not set up a sample of misconduct directed at, or disproportionately impacting, members of a protected group akin to African People.”

Dyker, who turned a Chicago cop in 1998, had 25 complaints in opposition to him, together with three that had been sustained.

Brown has informed the Solar-Instances she believes the incident was racially motivated, and mentioned she needed to see Dyker fired and criminally prosecuted. She has filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to the town and police division.

COPA, which concluded its investigation in October, did discover that Dyker behaved condescendingly all through the encounter and that he used extreme power when he grabbed Brown by the arm, wrist and waist.

Video of the incident rapidly went viral. Cellphone video, in addition to footage from Dyker’s bodycam, present Dyker obtained out of his squad automotive and approached Brown to demand she go away the park as a result of it was closed.

Brown begins to stroll away from Dyker, who follows her.

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“You could transfer away from me, I really feel threatened,” she mentioned.

“Good,” Dyker responded.

“I am about to place handcuffs on you in case you do not hold strolling,” he mentioned.

“Again up,” Brown informed Dyker.

“Do you wish to check me on this?” Dyker mentioned.

“Again up,” Brown repeated earlier than Dyker grabbed her and a bodily confrontation ensued for greater than a minute.

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The report decided that Dyker used power to not arrest Brown however “for the unjustified function” of coercing her to go away the park and or take her cellphone to stop her from recording him.

It admonished him for not utilizing descalation techinques.

(Supply: Solar-Instances Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Solar-Instances 2022.)

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