The incident had taken place in January when the police had claimed that the student had initiated the violent encounter, but the footage shows something else.
A new surveillance video of a violent encounter between a student and two Chicago police officers has emerged. The incident had happened in January when the two officers had claimed that the student had started it.
However, this new video shows the officers pushing and dragging the 16-year-old black student down a flight of stairs at Marshall High School.
The video obtained by Chicago Sun-Times also shows the officers brutally punching and shocking her with a stun gun multiple times. Moreover, the video footage also contradicts the officers' initial statements on how the incident unfolded and that it was initiated by the student.
The girl's family has filed a lawsuit - suing the city, two officers and the Chicago Board of Education in federal court.
I talked to the attorney working the Dnigma Howard case about what a lawsuit filed on behalf of the 16yo brutalized by Chicago cops could mean for the city, its schools and police, and mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot.https://t.co/7cepC9IDjF— Lucy Diavolo (@SatansJacuzzi) 12 April 2019
The emergence of this video has also brought back the attention to the oversight, training, and stationing of police in Chicago Public Schools.
Dnigma Howard was initially charged with 2 felony counts for aggravated battery against a “peace officer.”— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) 12 April 2019
Thanks to new evidence, those charges were later dropped.
We ask Chicago Mayor Elect Lori Lightfoot to take this seriously with swift action.pic.twitter.com/XeaIfA0VF8
"The Board of Education and CPD continue to fail our children. An unarmed 16-year-old girl was beaten, kicked, punched and tasered by officers," the victim, Dnigma Howard's lawyer, Andrew M. Stroth, said in a statement obtained by The Chicago Sun-Times.
These cops should be punished after new footage contradicts the Chicago 🐖 Police Department’s assertion that Dnigma Howard, 16, attacked the officers first. (video link on body of article) pic.twitter.com/qvodajUX2R— BlueLivesSplatter 🖕🚓 (@BlueLivesSplatr) 13 April 2019
BuzzFeed News reports that Dnigma was initially reprimanded for allegedly being on her cellphone during class. Her father, Laurentino Howard, was phoned by administrators at Marshall High School to pick up his daughter after her last final exam.
The two officers involved in the incident also held the student down while stepping on her chest, but they didn’t seek help from her father or other school personnel who were nearby, according to an amended lawsuit filed Thursday.
The circumstances surrounding the use of a stun gun on 16-year-old Dnigma Howard are troubling, but there should be some accountability for the teen — and not just for the police, @MaryMitchellCST writes. https://t.co/mTUL3ObKaF— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) 7 February 2019
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the federal suit accuses the city, Chicago Public Schools and officers Johnnie Pierre and Sherry Tripp, who were assigned to the school, of violating 16-year-old Dnigma Howard’s civil rights.
Dnigma was initially charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery against the officers. The charges were dropped less than a week later “in the interest of justice,” prosecutors said at the time.
Have officers #JohnniePierre and #SherryTripp been charged yet?! The violence inflicted on this child is clearly criminal. #DnigmaHoward @ChiPubSchools New video shows Chicago cops dragging, punching and tasing CPS student https://t.co/S9HiUROfxg via @suntimes— FOR THE DEFENSE, Nevia L. Esq. (@meunbothered) 12 April 2019
Howard could do nothing but watch when her daughter was pushed down the stairs by the officers and being to use excessive force. The new footage details the incident. Without physical provocation, an officer grabs Dnigma and pushes her down a set of stairs as she struggles.
The first officer, Johnnie Pierre, appears to grab Dnigma by the wrist and force her down the stairs.
New video footage of Chicago Police Officers, Johnnie Pierre and Sherry Tripp using excessive force in an attempt to restrain and remove 16 year old Dnigma Howard from school property. pic.twitter.com/tfc6QhhhJS— 🕵🏾♀️ sojournersleuth 🕵🏾♀️ (@sojournersleuth) 12 April 2019
Sherry Tripps, the second officer, forces herself on top of the student shortly after. Finally, the officers tased the girl three times as she lay on the ground. Per Dnigma's father, the deputies informed him he was not allowed to mediate the situation.
Dnigma Howard, 16, initially faced felony charges after police said she initiated the January incident. However, the charges were dropped. https://t.co/3VLodfUEOC— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) 13 April 2019
In Dnigma’s arrest report, the officers said she “became irate and initiated a physical altercation with the officers.”
“Those officers filed a false statement,” Stroth said. “Their statements are completely untrue and are completely contradicted by what is shown on the video. The saving grace for Dnigma is that this was caught on camera.”
Find the whole footage below: