Chicago — A man is facing a felony charge for allegedly pushing a Chicago police officer’s arm as the cop tried to move him back from the scene of a squad car crash on Friday afternoon. And he recorded it all on his phone.
“Haha. The stupid *ss police crashed,” Javonte Anderson is teasing on the video as he walks toward the crash scene.
The footage shows a Chicago police tactical car, still smoking from its collision with a tree, with police and fire department crews at the scene.
CPD said the police unit was responding to a stolen vehicle call when they swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle and crashed around 2:40 p.m. at Fairfield and 72nd Street. Two officers in the unmarked car were taken to a hospital for treatment, according to police.
Emjay Phan tweeted portions of Anderson’s video:
Remind me to look up a COPA report so we can see the body cameras in 90 days (Watch the last ten seconds) What did he do?!?!?#Chicago #ChicagoScanner #HNN https://t.co/0hFYoMm08R pic.twitter.com/15nXRllMzp— Emjay 📺 Phan (@heyFATabbot) February 25, 2023
As an injured officer is wheeled away from the wreckage on a stretcher, another cop walks quickly toward Anderson, telling him to step back. Within seconds, several more officers are seen beside Anderson, apparently preparing to arrest him. Then, the video cuts off.
On Saturday, Anderson was charged with felony aggravated battery of a police officer during a bond court hearing before Judge Barbara Dawkins.
Prosecutors provided Dawkins with the state’s version of what happened at the crash scene: Officers injured in the vehicle crash were being treated when Anderson approached the injured officers on foot while recording on his phone.
Police gave Anderson “several commands” to remove himself from the scene, but he disregarded them and continued to advance toward the injured officers, an assistant state’s attorney alleged.
The prosecutor said an officer continued to give Anderson verbal orders to get back, then pushed him back from the crash site.
Anderson pushed an officer’s arm away twice, leading to his arrest for battering a police officer, according to the state’s version of events.
No officers were injured during the interaction with Anderson, the prosecutor said.
Anderson was on bail for a pending case in which he is charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. He also has a pending misdemeanor case.
Dawkins, the judge, said Anderson could go home on electronic monitoring without posting monetary bail in the aggravated battery case. But she held him without bail for violating bond in his pending gun case. The judge handling that matter will review his bail conditions this week.
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