An 18-year-old activist had several of her teeth knocked out by a Chicago Police officer Friday evening.
Miracle Boyd was assaulted by a police officer during a protest at the Christoper Columbus statue in Grant Park.
Boyd was recording an encounter she was having with police when her phone appeared to be knocked away. A second video, posted on Twitter shows an officer punching Boyd in the face. After she is hit, she runs away holding her mouth.
Ald. Jeanette Taylor, whose daughter is good firends with Boyd, said watching the video of the attack horrified her.
“I’m going to tell you right now, if this was my kid — and Miracle is one of mine — I would burn this city to the ground,” Taylor said. “You beat people up over a statue? You rough them up over a statue?
“They’re so busy protecting white supremacy, they’re so busy protecting a Christopher Columbus statue that they beat her.”
The activist group, GoodKids MadCity, of which Boyd is a member, tweeted an image showing her injuries. She suffered multiple injuries to her face and chipped teeth. They later tweeted the video footage they said showed a police officer beating Boyd in the face.
.@chicagosmayor we now have the video of Miracle being sucker punched by CPD! They don’t keep us safe! While they’re attacking a 2020 CPS graduates downtown, children were being shot tonight! A pregnant Womxn was shot & a 14 & 15y/o! You need to #DefundCPD now! pic.twitter.com/gYT4CL5HJ9— GoodKidsMadCity (@GKMC18) July 18, 2020
Essence Gatheright, a 16-year-old member of Chicago Freedom School’s youth leadership board who was at the protest, said Boyd spoke at the rally earlier that night.
Gatheright helped get Boyd get medical attention at the Freedom School after she was hit.
“Her teeth came out, it was really bad,” Gatheright said. “She was bleeding, she kept crying and sobbing. It was a really messed up situation. … We were able to walk her and others to the school and provide her with support and make sure she got home safely.”
Ald. Taylor said Boyd is “a good kid, a CPS graduate” who has helped raise money for the most vulnerable in her community.
“I don’t care if you become the president, the mayor, the garbage man — you are not exempt from this country and what its racist ass will do to you,” Taylor said.
Through tears, Taylor said she was tired. “How many more times are we going to go through this?”
In a statement, the Chicago Police News Affairs office said it was not aware of the Boyd incident.
“The Chicago Police Department strives to treat all individuals our officers encounter with respect,” according to the statement. “We do not tolerate misconduct of any kind and if any wrongdoing is discovered, officers will be held accountable. Anyone who feels they have been mistreated by a CPD officer is encouraged to call 311 and file a complaint with COPA, who will investigate allegations of misconduct.”