Foreman praised the police for their restraint at protests and for not hurting people. The police beat him a few hours later.
President of the Chicago Police Board Ghian Foreman said police beat him with a baton.
This came just hours after he praised police for their professionalism, and how much “restraint” they showed at protests. He continued on to tell the Chicago Police:
“I would not have had the same restraint that many of your officers showed last night,”
And just hours later, he said he happened to walk by a protest that he wasn’t participating in, and police beat him.
He released a statement on Friday saying:
“I, indeed, was one of several individuals physically hit and struck by Chicago police on Sunday as they clashed with protestors, I was not participating in the protest, but coincidentally encountered the demonstration at a moment when it became confrontational.”
He stated that the police struck him with a baton 5 times. He later filed a complaint.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she urged Foreman to file a complaint, stating:
“There’s no reason that should’ve happened. He is hurting physically, I think he is hurting emotionally, and what happened to him is unacceptable.”