CHICAGO (NBC/WMAQ) — Graphic dashcam video has been released showing a man who was allegedly high on PCP, punching and body slamming a female Chicago officer to the ground. That officer says she didn’t shoot the suspect because she feared she might face backlash.
More than three hours of footage of the brutal incident from earlier this month was released Friday. The dashcam shows police approaching the suspect walking on the sidewalk. The suspect resists arrest even as police place him in handcuffs.
Moments later, a scuffle breaks out. The suspect is seen throwing punches before grabbing the female officer’s hair and pulling her to the ground. A closer look shows her head bouncing off the ground. Police say so hard she was knocked unconscious.
The body camera of another officer arriving on scene shows as he tries to pull the suspect from the huddle.
Officers were eventually able to subdue the suspect identified as 28 year-old Parta Huff.
Police say he slammed his car into a liquor store while high on PCP.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the officer who was attacked at the scene thought she was going to die, but decided not to shoot her assailant because she was worried about the “scrutiny” she might face, Johnson said.
“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,” Johnson said.
The female officer remains hospitalized.
Huff has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated battery to a police officer. He is being held without bond.