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The Chicago Department released video of a suspect beating a female officer after she apparently refused to discharge her weapon over fears of potential backlash against her and the police department, KTLA sister station WGN reported on Tuesday.
Parta Huff, 28, crashed his vehicle into a liquor store on Oct. 5th. Witnesses said Huff was "out of it" and was seen walking away from the crash site.
When officers arrived, Huff was combative and struggled with the officers. In the video, Huff is shown throwing the female officer to the ground and punching her several times.
One witness described the beating to WGN as "brutal," and told the station he was punching the officer like "a punching bag."
The officer suffered a concussion, bone chips to her shoulder, a neck injury, and had bits of concrete pulled from her face, according to WGN.
Huff tested positive for PCP, authorities said.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the officer did not shoot Huff because she was afraid of potential scrutiny.
“This attack went on for several minutes,” Johnson told reporters at a news conference after the incident. “As I was at the hospital last night visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was going to die and 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 the national news.”
Johnson said the video is an example of what can happen when officers are under such extreme scrutiny that they become afraid to use their weapons.
Huff is being held without bail on charges of attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated battery to a police officer.
The female officer is still recovering.