After Damien Stewart was allegedly found with a gun during a confrontational traffic stop on May 18, 2019, the video shows Officer Enrique Delgado Fernandez delivering nearly 20 closed-fist blows to him in the South Chicago District lockup.
Activist William Calloway told a City Hall news conference that Stewart was moved to release the video after watching how a group of police officers killed Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee, earlier this month.
Five officers have been charged with criminal offenses as a result of widespread protests and Nichols’s death, which was caught on camera.
Sgt. Delgado Fernandez and Delgado Fernandez were both fired by Calloway. Stewart was grabbed by Jerald Williams, who also entered his cell. A spokesperson for the police says that the officers have already been suspended.
Calloway, who assisted city officials in forcing the release of the video of Laquan McDonald’s killing at the hands of a Chicago police officer, stated, “There’s no place on this police force… for that type of uncalled [for] violence on an unarmed man that’s already in police custody.” It is horrible and uncalled for.
Stewart entered a guilty plea in May 2021 to the felony charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He settled his federal lawsuit against Delgado Fernandez, Williams, and the city in September that year for $45,000.
Calloway stated that Stewart is still reeling from the beating more than a year later.
He stated, “These officers are still on the street.” The police officers’ actions toward him never received an apology from the city.
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