Honor Roll Student Tasered
A 17-year-old girl was charged after Chicago police say she punched a female officer during a disturbance in the city's South Austin neighborhood. Officers used a taser on the girl, who they say strongly resisted arrest.
The girl, Keaira Matthews, was charged with felony aggravated battery to a police officer, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office. She was also hit with two misdemeanor counts of resisting, police said.
- The situation began when police were called to help disperse a large disturbance at about 3:23 p.m. Monday in the 5200 block West Congress Parkway, police spokesman Veejay Zala said. The disturbance occurred near the Clark Academic Preparatory Magnet High School, but police couldn't confirm whether Matthews was a student.
- Police say Matthews ignored direct orders to leave the area and became combative toward a female officer, striking the officer across the face, Zala said. Police tased the girl and several officers handcuffed her. Video footage of Matthews' arrest had been posted on Youtube, but has since been taken down.
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