A Chicago police officer lifted Bernard Kersh, a suspect, into the air. Then, he slammed Kersh into the cement curb on Thanksgiving evening.
Kersh allegedly became verbally abusive to the officer, spit in his face, and threatened him.
The officer’s name has not been released. Also, the judge in Cook County stated that “this court does consider spitting in someone’s face such that it dribbles into their eye and mouth a form of violence.” From this statement, the public may assume that the judge considers the act of slamming a person a proper reaction. In the future, a defendant in Cook County that is spit on should look to use this example as proper defense.