Chicago woman says cop pulled her from car by her hair, knelt on her neck

Mia Wright compared the assault by police to George Floyd, saying they treated her like 'some type of animal'

Mia Wright Chicago Police
Mia Wright Chicago Police (screenshot from video)

A Chicago woman says she and her family were targeted and assaulted by police as they left a shopping plaza on Sunday afternoon.

Mia Wright told The Chicago Sun-Times that she and several other family members were sitting in a car when police ran up to their vehicle with guns drawn, breaking windows, and ordering them out. Wright, her mother, aunt, and cousin Tnika Tate, a funeral director, were all aggressively pulled from their car.

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Wright says an officer pulled her from the car by her hair and put his knee on her neck.

“For an officer to sit there and put his knee in my neck, the same reason people are protesting nearby in the first place because of what happened to George Floyd, I think it’s all related,” Wright said. “And I want justice, they should know not to do that, especially not to women. They handled me like I was a man like I was some type of animal or something.”

Video of the encounter was posted to Twitter by another cousin of Wright, Adrienne Gibbs-a journalist. In the chaotic video, women can be heard screaming.

“I’m okay, a little sore, bruises and scrapes,” Wright said of the traumatic encounter. “I’m real frightened. I don’t even want to see the police. I’m terrified of them at this moment. I have so much going on in my mind, I’ve never been in this situation, never been locked up.”

She got glass in her eye during the incident and says that she sat handcuffed to a bench for over an hour before she was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

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Chicago police arrested Wright and charged her with disorderly conduct and seized her car leaving her relatives stranded. In an email to the Sun-Times, police said that Wright was “observed by responding officers assembled with 3 or more persons for the purpose of using force or violence to disturb the peace.”

She disputes that account saying she never got out of the car.

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