Probation for men who ran from Chicago cops as viral videographer (wrongly) screamed that police weren’t allowed to chase people

Daniel (left) and Joshua Bray are shown with images from the viral video. (Chicago Police Department; @dukedabeastyts)

CHICAGO — Two men who went viral a couple of years ago by running from Chicago cops as a bystander recorded the action on his phone and screamed that police officers couldn’t chase people have been sentenced to probation.

As it turned out for Daniel and Joshua Bray, Chicago police officers can chase people for some crimes. And aggravated battery of peace officers is one of those crimes.

CPD announced a new 11-page foot chase policy about two weeks before the incident. However, it had not yet taken effect, and, also relevantly, the policy still allows officers to chase people who physically attack them.

It all played out in the 9000 block of South Morgan in June 2022. And one bystander’s video clip quickly went viral on Instagram, racking up over a million views. Remember this?

The officers were speaking with a driver during a traffic stop when Daniel Bray, apparently wearing a blue hat in the video, intervened and ignored officers’ orders to stay away, prosecutors said. Bray allegedly tried to prevent the cops from detaining the driver and “pushed off” one of the cops a couple of times.

When the officers’ squad car keys fell to the ground, Bray allegedly picked them up. And that appears to be where the viral video begins.

Prosecutors said the driver ran into a yard as the bystander screamed their ill-formed legal advice.

“We recording! We recording! Y’all can’t chase him! Y’all can’t chase him!”

As the second officer entered the yard, Bray allegedly tripped her from behind, causing her to slam onto the sidewalk. She suffered abrasions to her forearm, shin, and knee.

“Stop chasin’ people! Stop chasin’ people! Stop chasin’ people! Stop chasin’ people!” the bystander screamed.

After the video ended, the action continued.

Prosecutors say the driver returned to the scene, and the female officer grabbed him. As she and a backup unit tried to handcuff the driver, another man—Joshua Bray—allegedly tried to pull the female cop off the driver.

Ultimately, both of the Brays were charged with felony counts of aggravated battery of a peace officer and felony resisting.

Records show that Joshua Bray pleaded guilty to resisting, and Daniel pleaded guilty to aggravated battery.

Judge Thomas Hennelly recently sentenced Joshua to 18 months of probation, 40 hours of community service, and two days of time considered served, according to court records.

Daniel entered his guilty plea last August. Hennelly handed him a two-year probation sentence with 50 hours of community service and two days of time considered served. He must undertake anger management counseling, obtain a GED, and meet other expectations, court records show.

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