CHICAGO — The good news for David Henderson is that prosecutors did not pursue the misdemeanor battery charge he faced for allegedly striking passersby with a briefcase in River North last year. The bad news is that they charged him with hate crimes against the Chicago cops who arrested him.
Henderson, 47, has now pleaded guilty to two counts of felony hate crime, receiving a sentence of two years of mental health probation from Judge Lauren Edidin, according to court records.
Officers arrested Henderson in the 700 block of North Rush on March 27 after a 45-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man claimed that he hit them with a briefcase, according to a CPD arrest report.
While the cops were driving Henderson to the Near North (18th) District station, he made “multiple racially derogative comments” to the officers, at least one of whom was Hispanic, prosecutors said. Henderson went on to make similar comments to other officers at the station.
In a note on Henderson’s arrest report, the police station lockup keeper wrote, “Mr. Henderson stated to lockup personnel that he didn’t want any n****rs or f*gs or Mexicans touching him for any reason. He only wants white people to talk to him or touch him.”
At one point, Henderson allegedly spat in the face of a Hispanic female officer, calling her a “sp*c, n****r and Latin King.”
He was on court supervision at the time for randomly punching two people in Lincoln Park in 2022.