Disorderly conduct charges have been dropped against a woman who said Chicago police officers pulled her from a car by her hair and placed a knee on her neck in May.
The incident — caught on video — happened at Brickyard Mall at 2600 N. Narragansett Ave. during days of unrest following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died after an officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck.
Police said they were responding to reports of looting at the mall when they came across a car containing Mia Wright and others. Officers said they suspected the people in the car were “assembled for the purpose of using force or violence to disturb the peace.”
But Wright, 25, said she had gone to the mall with family and friends not realizing it had been closed because of looting. While in the parking lot, she said officers surrounded her car, broke the windows with clubs and pulled her to the ground.
Wright says she was partially blinded in the right eye during the confrontation. She was arrested on municipal charges of disorderly conduct, which were dropped by the city this week, according to Wright’s attorney, Nenye Uche.
“Mia Wright was viciously attacked by a group of Chicago police officers,” Uche said Tuesday. “This attack was not justified.”
The two officers have been relieved of their duties while the Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigates the case. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office has said it is reviewing Wright’s allegations in collaboration with the FBI.
Wright told reporters she has been taking classes to become a paramedic and worries that her injuries may get in the way. “Do they even hire someone who is partially blind?” she said.
“They really messed up my life and something needs to be done about it,” Wright said. “They really messed up my life and something needs to be done about it … If the people who did that had not been police officers, you’d be at 26th and California facing criminal charges.”
WGN-TV contributed to this report
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