Officer: "I Lost It," Beat Man in Wheelchair

Friday, Jan 23, 2009  |  Updated 10:00 PM CDT
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Officer:  "I Lost It," Beat Man in Wheelchair

Chicago Sun-Times / Scott Stewart

Chicago Police officer William Cozzi leaves Federal Court Thursday afternoon after he pleads guilty to beating a citizen in wheelchair with his baton while the man was handcuffed.

Chicago Police Officer William Cozzi admitted Thursday that he "lost it" and beat a man who was handcuffed and shackled to a wheelchair at a Northwest Side hospital.

Cozzi, 51, pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the civil rights of Randle Miles. Cozzi faces six to eight years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Crime reporter Frank Main has details in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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