Girl, 16, tased in face by officers in school while her father watched helplessly
A Chicago man was filming as two police officers Tased his teenage daughter during a violent confrontation at her school and the dad is now blaming the school authorities.
Laurentio Howard said it was “devastating” to watch his daughter being handled roughly.
Laurentio Howard speaking about the incident in an interview. | Photo: YouTube/ABC 7 Chicago
Last Tuesday, 16-year-old Dnigma Howard got into a confrontation with the assistant principal at John Marshall Metropolitan High School after a teacher scolded her for using a cellphone in class.
According to Laurentio, he was called to pick up his daughter after she began acting out and flipping over desks in a classroom.
That was when he witnessed his daughter being escorted out of the building in what can best be described as a disturbing scuffle.
Dnigma Howard speaking about the incident in an interview. | Photo: YouTube/ABC 7 Chicago
The clip shows Dnigma kicking and yelling on the floor as two cops tower above her. One of the officers, unidentified, is holding a yellow Taser and has their leg on the girl’s thigh.
Dnigma continues to kick and hit at the officers while rolling on the ground, and the other cop grabs her by the arm.
In the background, shocked students can be heard hollering as one officer swings for the teenager’s face when she tried to grab the Taser.
According to the Chicago Police, Dnigma bit and kicked the officers, and one of them even fell down the stairs while trying to restrain and escort her out of the building.
But Laurentio says otherwise, reports ABC7 Chicago. He countered:
"The police officer tried to push her down the stairs, so she grabbed the police officer by the vest. She was basically defending herself. It was devastating; I couldn't believe what was going on. I was thinking, 'If I jump in they're going to shoot me. And if I don't jump in, they're going to hurt my daughter really bad.’”
While confirming that his daughter had a history of behavioral issues, Laurentio blamed the school authorities for not following their agreed protocol, which includes having Dnigma speak with a counselor.
The teenager and both officers were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Meanwhile, a Chicago Police Department rep told ABC News in a statement that the involved officers are currently on medical leave and they will be reassigned to different duties within the District.
The school district also confirmed that the officers would not be returning to the school.
Dnigma was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and two misdemeanor counts of resisting and obstructing a peace officer. You can watch the video of the confrontation here.
A screenshot of the disturbing confrontation. | Photo: YouTube/ABC 7 Chicago
She appeared in juvenile court on Friday. According to Laurentio, a judge ordered his daughter to home confinement until her next court date on February 19.
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