Chicago police sergeant accused of brutality

April 15, 2011|By Divina Mims, CNN

A Chicago police sergeant is facing brutality charges stemming from an October incident caught on surveillance tape showing him repeatedly slapping a unresisting, handcuffed man across the face.

At a hearing Friday, a bond $20,000 was set for Sgt. Edward Howard Jr., 48, on charges of felony aggravated battery and official misconduct.

According to prosecutors, on the evening of October 11, while leaving King Gyros on South Vincennes Avenue, a 19-year-old man and two friends were arrested by two Chicago police officers for criminal trespassing. The man immediately complied with the officers’ orders to place his hands on the squad car. He was searched and handcuffed without incident.

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