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Off-Duty Cop Witnesses Shoplifter's Death

Chicago Sun Times via YellowBrix

May 12, 2010

CHICAGO – An off-duty Cook County sheriff’s officer had her gun in her hand as a CVS employee strangled a shoplifter just yards away, the sheriff’s spokesman said Tuesday.

The latest revelations about the correctional officer’s involvement could cast further doubt on the Chicago Police account of how toothpaste thief Anthony Kyser, 35, died in a Little Village alley Saturday morning.

The new information came as U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) criticized the Chicago Police Department’s decision not to seek murder charges against the employee who chased Kyser and held him in a fatal choke hold.

Chicago Police said Sunday they didn’t know the off-duty officer was at the scene. When it emerged Monday that she was videotaped there, they acknowledged her presence but sidestepped witness accounts that she was armed, saying she didn’t point a gun at anyone.

Now the officer has told sheriff’s investigators that she did draw her weapon, holding it to her side and behind her back while telling Kyser to “stop resisting,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Patterson said.

When Kyser continued to struggle, the officer — who does not have police powers or carry handcuffs — dialed 911, Patterson said.

Her account of the incident matches witness accounts given to the Sun-Times. There’s “nothing to suggest” she violated the sheriff’s rules, Patterson said.

Rush said Kyser’s family “deserves justice and answers.”


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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    When someone makes the choice to break the law they're accepting the consequences of their actions. Period. They may not like the outcome, so perhaps they should stay on the other side of the law. Just sayin'.

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    burnhampd79

    about 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    funny how Bobby Rush the anti police ex- black panther quickly criticized the police, even the thiefs ex-wife spoke on his behalf, anything for publicity and cash. Maybe he should of got his hands cut off instead of death but then he couldn't brush his teeth

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    SuzanneNGa

    about 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    I thought maybe this may be too extreme but you do the crime you deserve the consequence. I'm all for getting rid of the trash in this world and that includes certain humans.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    I agree completely with 184retired!

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    Gombino

    about 4 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Don't steal, you don't get choked. Simple.

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    AKangel

    about 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Don't resist, Don't try to assault me, Just give me back the unpaid for merchandise and come on back with me to be processed,
    No problems.
    The Lp was protecting himself at the point of resisting, and the Corrections Officer was good, she was spot on for her policies.

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    184retired

    about 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    I could care less the thief is dead...I don't unerstand how a corrections officer could just stand there with a gun drawn...Why didn't she jump in and fight!!!! Between the two of them, they could have handled the pos until the police got there...I'm a retired female officer, I would have called 911 and jumped in the fight..If it was instead a police officer on the side of the road fighting what would she have done? Stood there with her gun and let him/her fight it out alone....Seems like while the officer wasn't wrong, she didn't do right either...If your afraid to fight, then your in the wrong line of work...

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    Whalewatcher

    about 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    All this over a tube of toothpaste ?!?!? Gotta agree with KingFish; the family shouldn't get a penny. If he hadn't been a thief, this never would have gotten to this point .......

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    I understand he was shoplifting but as a CO involved at some point where did the strangling become valid restraint? She could've have used other methods beside drawing a weapon and as well allowing another person to strangle a petty thief! It all doesn't seem right or worth it.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    As a Correctional Officer here in Sagnasty Michigan COs don't have arrest authority, they only secure the Jail "Custody and Security". But before a Pitty Party is given to the criminal...he knew what he did was wrong and he choose his actions. Sorry to his family but you don't deserve a dime.

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    chrissanders

    about 4 years ago

    5232 Comments

    These people commit crimes and then some how others get blamed for something.

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    Jonas

    about 4 years ago

    42236 Comments

    There is something missing.

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    mkiprotection

    about 4 years ago

    2384 Comments

    Need more info here..............................

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    she was not a cop

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    swatj10

    about 4 years ago

    760 Comments

    The douchebag should not have shoplifted and when he was stopped and told to return to the store he should've done that. The LP agent was only doing his job and defending himself, the family of this shoplifter doesn't deserve a penny.

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