Nearly four years after the death of 38-year-old Phillip Coleman, video footage has been released to show the careless treatment he endured prior to his passing.
Coleman was mentally-ill and police were initially called to the home of his parents after he had a psychotic episode and assaulted his mother.
While in his holding cell, surveillance footage shows six officers surrounding Phillip Coleman as he’s tasered thirteen times, wrestled to the ground, handcuffed, then dragged from his cell.
Coleman’s father, Percy, said his son spit blood on the officers at the time of his arrest. He believes the officers were laughing in the video footage and they were taking the opportunity to treat his son so poorly out of revenge.
Coleman later died from an adverse reaction to a sedative he was given in the hospital. CNN Correspondent Ryan Young, shared the medical examiner’s findings which stated Coleman had over 50 external abrasions and nearly 20 internal injuries prior to being given the sedative.
According to ABC7, the officers involved received one-day suspensions before the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) closed the case. Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel has released a statement condemning the actions of the officers.
“I do not see how the manner in which Mr. Coleman was physically treated could possibly be acceptable. Something is wrong here-either the actions of the officers who dragged Mr. Coleman, or the policies of the department.I have not received a sufficient answer on either from IPRA’s former leadership.” said Emanuel.
Percy Coleman and his wife have filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago and have already been contacted to settle the case. As retired police veteran who has over 40 years experience in law enforcement, Percy refuses to let the case go away for the right amount of money.
“The police do something wrong, they call some people together and then they try to smooth it over by giving you some duckets..Someone in this city needs to be responsible for killing my son. And the Chicago police are at the head of this table” said Coleman.
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