A woman who says she was attacked by Chicago police on the Northwest Side is calling for a criminal investigation into the officers. Mia Wright says officers dragged her out of a car she was in by her hair, called her a savage and knelt on her.
Wright says she and her family members were trying to shop for a birthday party when the incident took place Sunday in the parking lot of the Brickyard Mall.
A video of the incident posted on Facebook appears to show a group of officers surrounding the car Wright was in and banging on it with batons before pulling people out of the car. Wright says they broke the window of the car and she had to go to the hospital after getting glass in her eye.
Chicago police issued a statement to the Sun-Times saying she was seen by police with three others “using force or violence to disturb the peace.”
Chicago police issued a statement to WBEZ saying an investigation into the incident was underway by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). “Any misconduct on the part of our officers will not be tolerated,” the statement read in part.
An attorney for her family said she was charged with disorderly conduct, and his first priority is to get that charge dropped.