A pastor who is suing the Chicago Police Department for excessive force is set to rally with supporters this morning outside police headquarters.
The Rev. Catherine Brown, an Action Now member, says Chicago police attacked her back in 2013. Dash-cam footage of the incident was released last month.
Brown was in her car with her two small children. She was driving down her alley to get to her driveway, when she was met with an oncoming police vehicle, which did not have its lights or siren on.
The incident ensued after police approached her vehicle, allegedly swearing at her and demanding that she move it.
The dash-cam video shows Brown being pepper sprayed by police and dragged from her car. An officer points a gun at her during the incident. Brown says police beat her after she was dragged from her car.
Action Now is helping to organize today's rally for Brown at CPD headquarters.
"The Chicago Police Department has continued to protect bad conduct from its officers, with Reverend Brown's case being the most recently publicized example," the group said in a statement. "The actions of the officers do not meet the standards of the community they are sworn to serve and protect, and it is time for reform. Action Now members are calling for Superintendent Eddie Johnson and the City of Chicago to hold its officers accountable by removing Officer Michelle Morsi-Murphy and Officer Jose Lopez from duty and to initiate progressive community policing reforms."
In a statement last month, the Chicago Police Department said it could not comment on the specifics of the case because of the lawsuit.
"Reaffirming our commitment to accountability and integrity is paramount in our efforts to rebuild trust between police officers and communities," reads CPD's statement. "Since there is pending litigation in this case, CPD is not able to comment on specifics. However, we take allegations of excessive force and discourtesy very seriously. These matters are thoroughly investigated by the Independent Review Authority and individuals are held accountable when wrongdoing is discovered."