Chicago Police Used Excessive Force On Man, Family Claims
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 22, 2005
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--The family of Alfredo Lee Florez is suing the Chicago Police Department claiming that officers used excessive force in detaining the man, who has an intellectual disability, without filing charges against him.
The family's attorney, Blake Horwitz, said in a statement that on the afternoon of August 25, the 54-year-old Florez was walking to a neighbor's home to get a bag for his mother's groceries. According to the statement, two plainclothes officers jumped out of their car, pulled Florez to the ground and shot him in the back with three taser probes. Officers who responded as backup then beat him, witnesses said.
The force against Florez continued even while witnesses shouted at officers that the man had mental retardation and could not understand them, the statement said.
When the tasers stopped pumping electrical current into Florez, the officers reportedly cuffed him and transported him to a hospital. They released him later without filing charges.
"This is a clear case of excessive force," said Horwitz, whose law firm specializes in police misconduct cases. "Tasers are supposed to be an alternative to deadly force, not a cattle prod."
The police report claimed that Florez lunged at the officers and bit one of them, WLS-TV reported.
"Mentally Retarded Man Tasered, Beaten by Chicago Police, But Not Arrested" (Law Offices of Blake Horwitz)