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October 08, 2009

Video shows cop 'assaulting' special needs student

By Lolly Bowean
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — A 15-year-old special-needs student says a Dolton police officer assigned to his former school slammed him against the lockers, wrestled him to the floor and pinned him down, breaking his nose, all because he didn't have his shirt tucked in, his family's attorney said Wednesday.

Now that Marshawn Pitts' parents have viewed the scuffle on videotape, they are considering litigation against the city of Dolton, the Academy for Learning in Dolton and Dolton police, said the attorney, Edward Manzke. The incident occurred in May after the unidentified officer scolded Pitts for not adhering to the dress code at the academy and sent him to the principal's office, the attorney said.

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