A Chicago police sergeant is having to deal with crime penalties after he was found on video nailing down a 14-year-old kid with his knee in what he portrayed as an off the clock capture in Park Ridge, Illinois, police said Thursday.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office supported crime accusations of true wrongdoing and bothered battery against Michael A. Vitellaro, 49, for the July 1 episode, Park Ridge police said in an explanation. Vitellaro handed himself over and was taken to the Cook County town hall for a bond hearing, police said.
“I’m thankful to our accomplices at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for their help with carrying a goal to this examination,” Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski said.
The episode occurred external a Starbucks where the kid, who is Puerto Rican, moved a bicycle on the walkway to pass by on his own bicycle, Antonio Romanucci, a lawyer for the high schooler’s family, said a month ago. The official can be heard on video blaming the kid for taking his child’s bicycle, Romanucci said.
Video shows the official sticking the kid’s arms despite his good faith, putting him face-down and afterward bowing on the kid’s back.
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After a female onlooker addressed Vitellaro, he eliminated his knee from the kid’s back, yet kept on following the youngster who was noticeably upset and crying, as per the charging reports. Video reconnaissance film shows the kid was not the individual who took a bike from Vitellaro’s child, the criminal grievance says.
Unmistakable social equality lawyer Ben Crump presented the video via virtual entertainment, saying the official’s activities were “unsatisfactory” and that he ought to be “considered responsible.”
Charging records say Vitellaro finished a report the following day portraying the episode as an off the clock capture and guaranteeing the “wrongdoer” didn’t follow his verbal orders.
Romanucci told the Chicago Sun-Times in July that the occurrence “is an obvious instance of racial profiling.”
“The off the clock official is white and the kid was the main minority in a gathering of young people,” he said.
Heavenly messenger and Nicole Nieves, the youngster’s folks, said they are “very feeling better and satisfied” with the charges in a proclamation delivered by their lawyer.
“We are as yet attempting to survey the full effect of this awful episode on our child, who is just 14 regardless handling all that happened to him,” the assertion said. “There is positively no room locally for this sort of superfluous hostility against our kids and we are thankful for the present advancement.”
A Chicago police representative said Vitellaro was feeling better of his police powers on Wednesday yet at the same time works for the division. Vitellaro has worked for the division beginning around 2000, as indicated by the criminal objection.
The Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability said last month it is likewise exploring the official’s activities. Vitellaro is supposed to get back to court on Sept. 8.
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