Chicago officer may face prison in wheelchair beating

By Erika Slife
Chicago Tribune

A Chicago police officer whose federal prosecution has driven a wedge between many rank-and-file cops and Supt. Jody Weis faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced for the videotaped beating of a man shackled to a wheelchair in 2005.

William Cozzi pleaded guilty in January to using excessive force when he struck Randy Miles, a combative hospital patient, about a dozen times with a sap, a leather spatula-shaped object.

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