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Park Ridge family say off-duty Chicago cop pinned 14-year-old boy to sidewalk and pressed knee into his back – NBC Chicago

A Park Ridge family say their 14-year-old son was pinned to the sidewalk with one knee pressed against his back by an off-duty Chicago police officer who believed the boy stole his bike. son.

The boy’s mother, Nicole Nieves, said she believed Friday night’s incident was racially motivated and the family had filed a complaint with Park Ridge Police. Her son is of Puerto Rican descent and the man is white.

The man told responding officers that he was an off-duty Chicago police officer, according to Park Ridge police spokesman Tom Gadomski.

The Chicago Police Department said it has launched an internal investigation into the case. The Sun-Times does not identify the man because he has not been charged.

“We’ve talked to our three Puerto Rican boys about this moment for years – but you can’t emotionally prepare for this to happen to your own child… so it does,” Nieves wrote in a post. on Facebook. “We cannot put into words what we feel – disgust, anger, frustration, outrage, fear, sadness.”

Nieves posted a video showing the man with his knee pressed against his son’s back outside a Starbucks in the northwestern suburbs. Nieves’ friends are seen surrounding the man and yelling at him to get off the teenager. “He’s taking my son’s bike,” we hear the man say.

The friends shout back, “No, he’s not,” as they help pull Nieves off the ground.

It was unclear why the man thought the boy was stealing the bike. In his post, Nieves said that “his son’s hands were on the bike as he moved it…. while he was in possession (of) his own bicycle, right next to him.

Nieves said her son was crying hysterically as she ran to the scene, where there were four police cars, six officers and “at least 100 people around”.

Gadomski said Park Ridge police were called to the scene of an “ongoing fight” around 5:20 p.m. Friday in the 1005 block of the Northwest Highway. He will not divulge any further details and said the investigation is continuing.

Nieves’ family believe their son was chosen from a group of white friends.

“[He’s] an honor student, he’s a tri-sport athlete, he’s an active member of our local church, he’s a stellar boy,” his father Angel Nieves told the Sun-Times.

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