A man grabbed a female Chicago police officer by the hair and wouldn’t let go, slamming her to the ground and endangering her life. High on PCP, he failed to succumb to numerous attempts to tase him.
The officer, Veronica Murillo, indicated that she did not use her gun because she did not want to become the next cop vilified for shooting a black man. Her assailant was unarmed, but clearly could have killed her.
From a local news report:
“She thought she was going to die. She knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to, because she didn’t want her family or the department to have to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” Supt. Johnson said.
After Huff was finally subdued, the tactical officer’s body camera caught a telling exchange with firefighters that shows how attitudes about deadly force have been impacted by cameras.
“Were you with her?” a firefighter asked.
“Yea I got tased a bunch of times,” said the tactical officer wearing the body camera. “I was the first one here wrestling with him.”
“Couple months ago you could have shot him,” the firefighter said, half chuckling about it before telling the officer they would fix him up.
Officer Murillo was hospitalized with head and neck injuries and as of Thursday night, was still in the hospital.
Huff was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault and was ordered held without bail.
Not only are police officers’ lives in danger because of the Obama-backed outrage over rare unnecessary police shootings, but your life is in danger too. Especially if you are black and live in the inner city.