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Bystander Captures Video Of Female Chicago Cop’s Take Down Of Much-Larger Male Suspect

Chicago, IL – A bystander captured cell phone video on Thursday of a female police officer’s takedown of a shoplifting suspect on a Chicago sidewalk (video below).

Chicago Police Sergeant Rocco Alioto told The Police Tribune in an email that the incident began at about 12:47 p.m. on Oct. 13 when a business located in the 8000-block of South Halsted called 911 to report a theft in progress.

Sgt. Alioto said that the 23-year-old female store clerk told responding officers that the suspect came into the store and starting stealing things.

The clerk confronted the suspect and the alleged shoplifter pushed her several times and then fled from the store, according to the sergeant.

Sgt. Alioto told The Police Tribune that responding officers located the suspect based on the clerk’s description of her attacker.

He said an officer spotted 36-year-old Vonta Bailey and “conducted a street stop.”

Bailey resisted when the officer tried to put him in handcuffs, “at which time the officer conducted an emergency takedown and held the offender until additional units arrived,” according to Sgt. Alioto.

Cell phone video filmed by a bystander showed a female Chicago police officer going in circles with the suspect, who was at least a foot taller than her.

“Stop touching me, b-h!” the suspect yelled as he shoved the officer away from him, knocking her bodycam to the ground. “What the f-k are you touching me for, b-h?”

That was when the video showed the officer reached up and grabbed the suspect’s hoodie by the shoulders and pulled his shirt over his head, blocking his vision.

Then the officer took the suspect to his knees.

He rolled around and away from her, continuing to resist but the officer held on, the video showed.

The video showed the officer radioed for backup as she wrestled with the suspect on the sidewalk, but at no point did she seem panicked or lose control of the situation.

“I need another car,” the officer calmly said into the microphone on her shoulder.

The officer stayed on top of the squirming suspect as she radioed her location to dispatchers, the video showed.

Bailey was ultimately taken into custody after more officers arrived and charged with battery, retail theft, and resisting/obstructing a peace officer, according to Sgt. Alioto.

Chicago police told The Police Tribune that no one was injured during the incident.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below (tap on the video to view). WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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