Man Captured on Cellphone video being body-slammed by Chicago Cop has Long Criminal Record

(ABC) A Chicago man who was hospitalized after being slammed to the ground by a police officer Thursday is facing an aggravated battery charge, according to police.

Bernard Kersh, 29, is charged with one count of aggravated battery of a peace officer. He’s also facing misdemeanor charges for assault, resisting arrest and drinking alcohol in public.

Police said two officers approached Kersh, who was drinking alcohol at a bus stop in the Chatham neighborhood. Police said the man became verbally abusive, threatening them and spitting in an officer’s face.

After resisting arrest, police said an officer performed an “emergency takedown.”

A cellphone video posted on social media captured the incident.

Keshia Johnson said she fell to her knees after watching the video of her son.

“I was nervous. I was scared. My heart dropped. I know I automatically thought the worst. He wasn’t moving,” Johnson said.

She said Kersh was on his way back to their home after picking up some alcoholic beverages for the family’s Thanksgiving gathering.

“We were waiting to eat Thanksgiving dinner for him because he always blesses the table,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she was on the phone with her son during the encounter with officers when the call suddenly ended.

“I was at a loss,” she said. “I didn’t know what happened to him.
Jovonna Jamison, who requested not to show her face on TV, recorded the incident.

“I was shocked. I was hysterical. I was worried. I was in fear that this gentleman wouldn’t make it out alive,” said Jamison.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the use of force.

A CPD spokesman said the officer involved will be relieved of police powers, pending the review.

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The use of force investigation into this incident is now being handled exclusively by the Chicago Office of Police Accountabity. We are cooperating fully & they’ve asked for the officer involved to be relieved of police powers pending their review. CPD concurred.

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  5 comments for “Man Captured on Cellphone video being body-slammed by Chicago Cop has Long Criminal Record

  1. Akbazz
    December 1, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Someone DOES NOT have to be an upstanding citizen to NOT have deserved to be body slammed head first to a concrete curb. The fact that the police, and this site found this to be newsworthy shows how boneheaded both of y’all are. The charge doesn’t warrant the punishment, and any officer who exercise body slamming someone to detain them is a coward. Thank god, I’m too good with my hands, feet, knees, and elbows to let anything like that happen to me by any coward cop

  2. Martin
    December 1, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    so what does that have to do with what took place? Smdh.

  3. Cherie
    December 1, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I saw that video and the force use do by that officer was totally unnecessary!!! Cops have become so violent that they forget about cell phone cameras. Either that or they just don’t care because they already know they’ll just get a slap on the wrist

  4. Geno
    December 4, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Everyone is commenting on the police actions. But “Real Talk” if someone spit on you, especially in your face, I guarantee you would have done the same, if not worse. So while I don’t condone police brutality, I don’t condone anyone spitting on my persons, and surly not my face…. Spit in my face and I’m gonna drag your A** all up and down that curb… REAL TALK

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