CHICAGO IL February 5 2019 -- A violent and "disturbing" confrontation between a female high school student and two Chicago police officers caught on cellphone video at a city school has resulted in felony charges for her and the reassignment of both officers.
The 16-year-old student allegedly got into a confrontation with the assistant principal at John Marshall Metropolitan High School on Tuesday morning. She was asked to leave the school after she apparently began flipping over desks in a classroom, according to her father, who spoke to Chicago ABC station WLS-TV.
He didn't dispute his daughter has had behavioral issues at school, and said a teacher reprimanded her for using her cellphone in class, leading to the argument with the assistant principal.
The teen's father, Laurentio Howard, was called to pick his daughter up from school and filmed the incident between the girl and the officers.
Chicago police said the teen began fighting with the two officers -- one male and one female -- who were escorting her from the building. The officers, who were not named and only identified as Officer #1 and Officer #2 in a narrative provided by police, were allegedly bit and kicked by the student. While biting Officer #1, the two fell down a flight of stairs, police said.
Even at the bottom of the stairs, she continued to lash out at the officers, kicking and flailing her arms. The video shot by her father picks up after the two tumbled down the stairs and she can be seen kicking the officers.
Students in the video can be heard shouting, "Don't Tase her," as one of the officers pulls out a Taser.
Not mentioned in the account given by Chicago police, but clearly visible in the video, is a large male officer taking a swing at the student as she was lying on the ground.
The officers both deployed their Tasers and the teen was taken into custody, police said. Only one of the officers can be seen using his Taser before the confrontation moves out of view of the camera.
Howard told WLS-TV that the male officer had his knee in his daughter's back and the female officer repeatedly punched her.
Both police officers were taken to University of Illinois Hospital, while the student was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. All were treated for minor injuries.
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