An amended lawsuit filed Thursday by 16-year-old Dnigma Howard alleges that Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Police Department (CPD) Officers Johnnie Pierre and Sherry Tripp, who were assigned to the city's Marshall High School, violated Howard's civil rights by their actions during an altercation on January 29. "Those officers filed a false statement".
However, security camera footage from the school hallways recently obtained by the Sun-Times shows the genesis of the incident - and it's not what CPD said at all. "The saving grace for Dnigma is that this was caught on camera". She then kicked, bit and spit on the officers.
"If she would have been convicted of those charges it would have ruined this young lady's life but thank god for the video because the video clearly showed what happened", Stroth said to BuzzFeed on Thursday.
In the video, one of the officers can be seen grabbing Howard and pushing her down a set of stairs.
Laurentio Howard, the girl's father, is suing the city, the two officers and the Chicago Board of Education in the US District Court for the Northern District of IL, accusing them of violating her civil rights and physically abusing her without justification.
"She don't trust nobody no more", Howard confessed to NBC Chicago. The charges were dropped less than a week later "in the interest of justice", prosecutors said at the time. Later on, another camera captured one of the officers yanking on Howard's leg in order to pull her down.
Dnigma's father, Laurentio Howard, can also be seen in the footage, standing near the confrontation.
Stroth wasn't quite done singling out the officers involved in the attack. Laurentio told the Sun-Times he was told to stand back as he cried out for them to stop. Echoing the last pleas of Eric Garner, murdered by New York Police in 2014, Laurentio continued, "when they had my daughter on the ground like that and throwing her around and the officer had his foot in my daughter's stomach, on her, she's screaming, 'I can't breath, I can't breath'".
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CPS spokeswoman Emily Bolton said the district's inspector general is investigating.
Dnigma Howard, 16, had allegedly disobeyed a teacher who told her to put her phone away when she was kicked out of class in the early February incident.
Graham said she should be recharged. These toothless reforms would keep the police in schools, and are part of a consent decree ordered by a federal judge following multiple incidents of violent cops beating students.
Ahern said police are forming procedures for officers who work in schools.
A spokesperson for Chicago Public Schools said that they are "deeply disturbed and troubled by this incident which has no place in our schools".
"Mayor-elect Lightfoot needs to address the issue of police in schools immediately", Stroth said.
Pierre and Trip have been transferred away from the school, although the department and city haven't told reporters about further actions against them, according to CBS affiliate WBBM.