Officer's Head Slammed to Ground by Man Who Resisted Arrest

Saturday, Dec 29, 2012  |  Updated 3:44 PM CDT
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Police charged 43-year-old Tony Williams with aggravated battery to a police officer and resisting arrest, both felonies, as well as two traffic violations (two headlights required on motor vehicle and license plate not illuminated).

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A convicted felon who struggled with police after a stop on the South Side Friday night, slamming an officer’s head to the ground several times causing the officer to lose consciousness, was expected in court for a bond hearing on Saturday.

About 7:05 p.m. Friday, officers responded to calls of shots fired in the area of 79th and Muskegon, police said. Plainclothes South Chicago District Tactical officers observed 43-year-old Tony Williams speeding from the scene in his car.

The officers stopped Williams in the 2900 block of E. 80th Street, but Williams, according to police, was very uncooperative with the officers, according to police. He refused to comply with the officers’ verbal directions.

Fearing that Williams may be armed, one officer attempted to conduct a protective pat-down and was met with resistance by Williams.

A struggle ensued and Williams managed to slam the officer’s head to the ground several times, causing the officer to briefly lose consciousness, police said.

The officer’s partner and other responding officers were finally able to take Williams into custody. No one else was injured in the incident.

Williams was treated and released at Trinity Hospital for a minor cut and the injured 38-year-old male officer was treated and released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He suffered several cuts and bruises to the face, police said.

Williams, a convicted felon, of the 2700 block of East 77th Street, was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer and resisting arrest, both felonies, as well as two traffic violations (two headlights required on motor vehicle and license plate not illuminated).

Williams was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing at 26th and California on Saturday.

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