Thursday, May 24, 2012

Special needs student is assaulted by officer

This incident happened back in 2009 but this is just messed up and sounds like the officer hasn't even been charged with this.

A Dolton, Illinois, police officer assigned to a school was placed on administrative leave and later resigned after a surveillance video surfaced of him allegedly assaulting a special-needs student, officials said.

Ed Manzke, an attorney who represents the student, Marshawn Pitts, 15, told CNN Wednesday the officer beat Pitts for not adhering to the school's dress code.

The incident occurred in May at the Academy for Learning, a Dolton high school for special-needs students. Pitts was admitted to the school in May after moving from Iowa, Manzke said. He suffered brain injuries as a child when he was hit by a car.

The police officer, who has not been identified, reprimanded Pitts for not tucking in his shirt as school dress code and policy requires.

A video, released to Pitts' parents by the school several weeks after the incident, showed Pitts talking to the officer and a faculty member grabbing Pitts' arm. Pitts pulls away and walks down the hall, with the officer and faculty member close behind. But the officer then slams him against the lockers and pins him on the floor -- breaking his nose, according to Manzke.

Pitts was treated by a school nurse after the incident, then taken to the Dolton Police Department, where his mother picked him up, Manzke said.

The officer was taken to a hospital and treated for an eye scratch, Manzke said. But, he said, the officer was never charged with anything and an explanation for the incident was never provided.

In a written statement, Guy Lindsay, internal information officer for Dolton police, said the department was made aware of the incident and the tape on May 20. After review of the tape, the officer was removed from the school and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Lindsay said.

While on administrative leave, the police officer returned to the department and voluntarily resigned, Lindsay said. The investigation continues, he said.

Instead, it seems that police officer is now in jail on rape charges.
Dolton, Illinois --- The officer who broke 15-year-old Marshawn Pitts’ nose, has been identified as 38-year-old Christopher Lloyd. Lloyd is now in an Indiana jail for rape charges. According to police, Lloyd attacked and raped a woman he knew, in her own home. The officer is accused of putting a pillow over the woman’s face, and raping her at knife-point. We have also learned that in the past, Officer Lloyd was involved in a case where he killed a man, allegedly, in self-defense.

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