An 18-year-old protester was brutally slapped in the face by the police, knocking out her front teeth, during a protest in Chicago calling for the statue of Christopher Columbus to be toppled over the weekend.
On Friday, at least 1,000 people gathered around a statue in Grant Park, where hordes of police clashed with protesters using pepper spray and beat people with wooden sticks in what witnesses have described as a “bloodiest” protest so far.
Activist Miracle Boyd, 18, had just finished speaking to the crowd protesting the statue when she said she was arguing with an officer.
When she started recording their altercation, the officer reportedly waved his left arm and punched her in the face.
“My tooth has been hit. I have lip abrasions in my mouth. My teeth hurt a lot, “she said ABC7.
On Friday, Chicago police were caught slapping videos by 18-year-old black activist Miracle Boyd in the face, knocking out her front teeth in a protest calling for the overthrow of a Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park
A video appeared in which Boyd (in white) spoke to a cop who waved their arm to her face as she tried to film their altercation
Boyd depicted in white and black shorts running away from the cop after being hit
She added that the officer knocked her phone out of her hand and she was punched in the face.
Several videos of that altercation appeared on social media, showing Boyd away from agents before she appeared to be hit in the face and rushed to cover her bloodied mouth.
Boyd, a member of the GoodKids MadCity youth group, said the officers took her phone.
She graduated from high school last month, attended Depaul University in the fall, according to a June post from the Chicago Public Schools, and was offered an internship at the office of state generator Robert Peters last week.
A GoFundMe has started raising money for her medical bills.
State Sen Peters slammed police aggression toward her tweets, “I’m sad, angry, and disgusted.”
“She is someone who fights for the prevention of gun violence every day, who fights for a safe community. And what did she stand for? Abuse, “he said.
Hordes of police targeted protesters at Friday’s protest with pepper spray and wooden bats. A view of the police descending on the monument and pushing protesters upstairs
Chicago police said they are investigating the incident regarding Boyd as Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned reports of excessive police force as “unacceptable”
The protest attempted to knock down a statue of Christopher Columbus with ropes
A demonstrator at the Friday meeting scaled the image and threw a rope over it in an attempt to knock it over
A depiction of the police dodging debris and fireworks thrown by protesters on Friday
Two officers watch as demonstrators attempt to tear down Columbus’s heavy monument
About 1,000 people circled the Christopher Columbus indoor statue in the center of the city, demanding that the symbol of colonialism be brought down
Chicago police say they are investigating the Boyd incident.
The Chicago Police Service (CPD) strives to treat all individuals encountered by our agents with respect. We do not tolerate any misconduct and if something wrong is discovered, agents are held accountable, ” the department said in a statement. Buzzfeed News.
After police brutality with protesters, Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted, “I spoke to the director of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and she assured me @ChicagoCOPA is ready to address these complaints.”
“There have also been several reports of excessive violence by the police. These are also unacceptable, “she added.
The officer who struck Boyd has not been named.
In total, at least 12 people were arrested and 18 officers were injured in the protest.
A video of the chaotic clashes shows protesters throwing bottles and fireworks at officers standing by the statue.
One person climbed the statue and caught a rope thrown out of the crowd and started an unsuccessful attempt to pull the statue down.
Other videos and photos show crowds of police officers running to protesters and pushing them to the floor to clear the square.
Lightfoot said last month that she was against the removal of Columbus statues in the city and on Saturday she said her team was planning an ‘extensive overhaul of our public icons’
Lightfoot tweeted on Saturday that she would investigate complaints about police aggression against protesters
“This was the bloodiest protest I’ve ever been to. People had head injuries and the police kept charging and spraying everyone. To protect an image of a murderer. The connected cruelty and logic of Columbus’ colonialism and modern police work were fully visible, ” a demonstrator tweeted on Friday demonstration.
Columbus’s images were a bone of contention across the country amid the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lightfoot said last month that she was against the removal of Columbus statues in the city, and on Saturday she said her team was planning to make an “extensive overhaul of our public icons.”
Protesters gathered outside the mayor’s house on Saturday to protest her support for the statue and police brutality that unfolded on Friday.
“That image has to be broken down. If you have a statue in a public square, say it is someone to be celebrated, “Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa from the 35th district said.
Last Friday, a group of city and state officials released a statement condemning reports of police using pepper spray and other aggressive actions against protesters and journalists.
The document, signed by Ald. Ramirez-Rosa, Rep. Delia Ramirez, Senator Robert Peters and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, added that they are ready to “immediately work to defend the Chicago Polic e Department.”