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Mother files excessive force lawsuit against police

A mother filed an excessive force lawsuit Tuesday against the Chicago Police Department and two officers, claiming they roughed up her 13-year-old son last summer after breaking up a group of boys drumming on buckets.

The mother, who filed the suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court, claims her teenage son was with his friends, drumming on buckets near the corner of 67th Street and Ashland Avenue last July 31, when a police car approached them.

The boys ran from police because they thought someone complained about the noise, the woman claims.

The suit asserts the boys were not out past curfew and were not breaking any law.

She claims her son never heard police command him to stop running, the suit said. An officer who caught up to him in an alley allegedly tackled her son, threw him against a metal gate, then threw him to the ground.

Other officers allegedly began to kick and knee the boy in his upper body until he started to bleed from the head, the suit claims.

However, the woman alleges police told her the teen fell and hurt himself while running from police. She was out of town at the time of the incident, and police called her about two hours after her son’s arrest, according to the suit.

He was eventually taken to the Englewood District Police Station and released to an aunt. He was not charged or cited, the suit said.

A spokesman for the city’s Law Department could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

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