Chicago, IL — Poor impulse control can be chalked up as one of the reasons so many officers snap and escalate to violence when it is entirely unnecessary. This lack of self-control has been caught on camera time and again. A Chicago police officer is the latest law enforcement officer to make waves on social media after he was caught throwing hot coffee into the face of an innocent motorcyclist.
A video uploaded to Facebook on Sunday has begun to go viral after is showed a Chicago cop walking into the street and lob his piping hot cup of coffee into the face of a motorcyclist. The man on the bike goes by Elijah Bling on Facebook and the officer’s crime was captured on his helmet cam.
As the video begins, a group of bikers is traveling through downtown Chicago. Some of the bikers are revving their engines and popping wheelies. However, Elijah appears to be driving in a perfectly safe manner. As the group begins to near the cop, the officer targets Elijah and releases the coffee.
According to Elijah, he did not have his face protector down so the coffee spilled right into his eyes and nearly caused a serious accident.
We were riding in downtown Chicago with my group Chicago United Riders. Pulling up on the street, I saw the officer walking up to us, so I waved at him and said “Okay we will keep it down” and that’s when he threw his extra large full cup of hot coffee on my face.
My lid was up so it splashed inside my helmet and my eyes. He knew he was wrong but didn’t give a damn. I seen it in his eyes, he had the “I got you” look.
But that’s fine. If I were a new rider, I would’ve crashed and probably got run over by everyone. I wasn’t doing anything wrong, the cop basically targeted a bystander. If I were to do this to a motorcycle cop, I would’ve been charged with attempted murder.
“I got you on camera, bro,” said Elijah after the cop assaulted him. “Yeah, I got you.” And just like that, a police officer assaulted a man and got away with it.
Even if Elijah had been driving erratically, the officer’s response was entirely unwarranted and very dangerous. Not to mention, the cop was also jaywalking.
Oddly enough, cops attempting to cause massive and deadly motorcycle crashes has been caught on camera before.
In March of last year, Fort Worth police confirmed that one of their officers was under investigation after a video was uploaded to Facebook showing him pepper spray innocent people as they drove by on motorcycles. In August, the Department quietly released a statement noting that they will not discipline the officer involved.
After Fort Worth police officer William Figueroa was seen shooting out pepper spray into the faces of motorcyclists as they drove by on a busy highway, he was placed on paid vacation pending an internal investigation. The investigation wrapped up in June. However, investigators left it up to Figueroa’s bosses to decide what, if any, punishment he would receive. He received nothing.