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Police Investigating Video Of Officer Stomping On Man's Head During Arrest

By Alex Nitkin | June 14, 2016 8:15am | Updated on June 14, 2016 11:49am

NORTH LAWNDALE — The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating a video that surfaced Monday of an officer appearing to kick a man's head during an arrest, officials said.

The video, posted to Facebook Monday evening, shows an officer struggling to pin a man to the ground while another officer calls for backup.

The second officer then kicks the man's head and yells "Get the f--- back!" at a group of spectators off camera.

According to police, the incident occurred in the 3900 block of West Grenshaw Street in North Lawndale.

One of the officers shown in the video was relieved of his police powers Tuesday while an investigation into the incident takes place, according to Officer Nicole Trainor, a Chicago Police spokeswoman.

Police brought the video to the attention of IPRA investigators Monday night, at which point they "immediately launched an investigation," according to IRPA spokeswoman Mia Sissac.

Police released a statement early Tuesday saying the investigation came at the request of Police Supt. Eddie Johnson.

"The Chicago Police Department holds its members to the highest possible professional standards with a priority on treating all Chicagoans with respect," the statement reads. "Upon viewing the video, Superintendent Johnson immediately asked the Independent Police Review Authority to investigate the matter while the department gathers more information about the case."

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