A Chicago police officer is facing felony charges after unlawfully charging a man who fell to the ground and broke his nose in Dunning in the Northwest.
After the incident, officer Marco Simonetti, 58, said on the radio: ‘I had to taser him’, but prosecutors said the man was ‘crouched down with his hands down touching the ground’ when Simonetti stabbed him. deployed the Taser.
Simonetti is charged with grievous bodily harm causing grievous bodily harm and official misconduct, according to a bond offer prepared by Cook County prosecutors. He appeared in court on Thursday and was released after posting bail, according to court records.
He was ordered by a judge not to have contact with the victim. Simonetti, who has been with the department since 1994, is also not permitted to carry a firearm and must surrender his FOID card and any weapons.
At a press conference Thursday, Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown said the department’s internal investigation was ongoing.
“In general, we do not respond to ongoing inquiries into the circumstances of employment. So what I’m going to say, we’re raising the power, because he’s been arrested. The investigation will obviously be ongoing and will culminate with, at some point, a recommendation to ultimately discipline the officer,” Brown said.
At around 11 a.m. on August 7, 2021, Simonetti, who was on duty and in full uniform, responded to a call from a suspicious person shooting at the doors of the 3500 block of North Normandy Avenue, prosecutors said. .
Upon arrival, the person who called 911 approached Simonetti and pointed out the suspicious person. The man, who was sitting on the porch of a nearby house, walked over to Simonetti and told him he was doing nothing wrong.
After the man could not provide his ID or proof that he lived in the house, Simonetti asked the man to get his hands on the police car. The man obeyed, but then ran towards the house when Simonetti grabbed his wrist.
Simonetti ran after him shouting, “I’m going to taser you!” and “Get down on the floor!”
The man stopped, put his hands up and started to back down the sidewalk. The man insisted he had done nothing wrong and started squatting, standing up and squatting again. Simonetti yelled, “I’m going to taser you, last warning!”
As the man crouched down with his hands touching the ground, Simonetti deployed his Taser, prosecutors say. One of the teeth hit the man in the arm and the other in the forehead. The man fell on his face and started bleeding and convulsing.
The man was taken to hospital, where he was treated for a broken nose and a cut that required stitches, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said that in Simonetti’s description of the incident, which was recorded on his body-worn camera, he said he had “unintentionally deployed the Taser”.