Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sgt. Eddie Howard Jr has been one of the Chicago police department's hardest working cop I have personally known... I wish him the best.....

He is pictured in the center with the purple dress shirt and v-neck sweater
Police brutality trial begins in Chicago
Alleged victim testifies that 25-year cop struck him repeatedly without provocation in 2010 incident partially caught by surveillance camera

Gregory Jeffries says his face was left swollen and bloodied after a Chicago police sergeant struck him four times in 2010 without provocation.

"I felt pain," Gregory Jeffries testified Thursday during the first day of the trial of Sgt. Edward Howard Jr. on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct.

Jeffries was 19 and handcuffed when the alleged beating took place in a South Side restaurant parking lot. The incident was captured on a surveillance camera.

Jeffries testified that Howard said nothing to him as he smacked him four times. Jeffries said he had been arrested for trespassing.

Wearing baggy jeans and a black T-shirt emblazoned with the name of a brand of jeans, Jeffries said he never received medical treatment for his injuries but still sought "justice" for the attack. He gave mostly brief answers to questions and didn't show any emotion from the witness stand.

Clayton Crane, a Cook County judge who is presiding over the bench trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, will decide Howard's fate. Testimony continues next week.

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