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Chicago cop pleads Not Guilty to misconduct and battery in beach encounter

The 52-year-old officer, who had been on desk duty since shortly after the incident last summer, resigned from the Department in May before any formal disciplinary action was announced against him. He had been a Chicago officer since 1998.

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Chicago cop pleads Not Guilty to misconduct and battery in beach encounter
The encounter between former Chicago Police Officer Bruce Dyker and Nikkita Brown who was walking her dog on North Avenue Beach, was captured on video last summer and eventually lead to formal disciplinary charges against Dyker.

CHICAGO (AP) — A white former Chicago police officer captured on video struggling with a black woman who was walking her dog along a Lake Michigan beach pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of official misconduct and aggravated battery.

Bruce Dyker was released on his own recognizance by Cook County Judge William Gamboney.

Dyker, 52, had been on desk duty since shortly after the incident last summer, resigned from the Chicago Police Department in May before any formal disciplinary action was announced against him, a department spokesperson said. He had been a Chicago officer since 1998.

Videos shows Dyker grabbing Nikkita Brown shortly after midnight on August 28, 2021, as she walked her French bulldog at North Avenue Beach. You can view the video, provided to ABC7 below.

Tim Grace, Dyker’s attorney, noted that Dyker was on-duty and giving a lawful order to leave the beach because it was closed at the time. Under police guidelines, Dyker would have been justified in doing much more to carry out an arrest — including an “emergency takedown” or a leg sweep — but chose not to, since he did not want to risk injuring the 33-year-old Brown, Grace said.


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