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CPD Officer Charged with Beating Man Handcuffed to Wheelchair

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A Chicago Police officer has been charged with beating a man that was handcuffed in a wheelchair.

A new federal indictment alleges that William Cozzi repeatedly struck a man who was handcuffed and shackled in a wheelchair at Norwegian American Hospital in 2005. The indictment says Cozzi violated the civil right of the man “to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a person acting under the color of law.”

According to a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department Cozzi is not longer working for or getting paid by the department. If Cozzi is convicted, he could serve 10 years in prison and a face a quarter million dollar fine.

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