Chicago cop charged, allegedly pinned boy while off-duty

Aug 17, 2022, 11:37 PM | Updated: Aug 18, 2022, 11:45 am

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago police sergeant has been charged in an off-duty incident in which he allegedly pinned down a 14-year-old suburban Chicago boy and pressed a knee to his back after suspecting him of stealing his son’s bicycle.

Sgt. Michael Vitellaro faces charges of official misconduct and aggravated battery in connection with the July incident in Park Ridge, police in the Chicago suburb said Thursday.

Vitellaro, 49, surrendered Thursday to Park Ridge police and was taken to the Cook County courthouse in Skokie to await a bond hearing, The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reported.

A Chicago police spokesperson said Vitellaro was relieved of his police powers on Wednesday.

Park Ridge police did not immediately release Vitellaro’s hometown and it was also unclear if he has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

The charges stem from a July 1 incident where the boy was out with friends in Park Ridge. As the youth was holding his bike, he began moving another bike that was blocking his path when the officer confronted him, Antonio Romanucci, an attorney for the teen’s family, said last month.

Video provided by Romanucci and the boy’s family allegedly shows the off-duty sergeant grab the boy, pin his arms behind his back on the sidewalk and put his knee on the youth’s back.

“He’s taking my son’s bike,” the man is heard saying in the video.

The friends yell back, “No he’s not,” as they help pull the youth from the ground.

Vitellaro placed the boy, who is of Puerto Rican descent, in “an arm bar and forcibly pushed him towards the ground into a prone position” before kneeling on his back, according to a charging document, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Romanucci told the newspaper in July that the incident “is a clear-cut case of racial profiling.”

“The off-duty officer is white and the boy was the only person of color in a group of teenagers,” the attorney said.

The Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability said last month that it was investigating the officer’s actions.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Associated Press

Japan bans export of chemical weapons goods to Russia

TOKYO (AP) — Japan expressed grave concern about Russia’s possible use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine as the top government spokesman on Monday announced an additional ban on exports of chemical weapons-related goods to Russia. “As the world’s only country to have suffered nuclear attacks, we strongly demand that the threat or use of nuclear […]
23 hours ago
Associated Press

Tax cut plans pull British pound to 4 decade lows

LONDON (AP) — The British pound has resumed a slide against the U.S. dollar that picked up pace last week after the U.K.’s new government outlined plans to cut taxes and boost spending. The pound dipped as low as $1.0349 per U.S. dollar early Monday but then rebounded to $1.0671, down 2.3%. The tax-cut plan […]
23 hours ago
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol answers reporter's question at the presidential office in Seou...
Associated Press

South Korea’s president scolds media over hot mic moment

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday accused the country’s media of damaging its alliance with the United States after a TV broadcaster released a video suggesting that he insulted U.S. Congress members following a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in New York last week. MBC caught Yoon […]
23 hours ago
FILE - An Amazon Prime logo appears on the side of a delivery van as it departs an Amazon Warehouse...
Associated Press

Amazon to hold holiday shopping event in October

Amazon said Monday that next month it will hold a second Prime Day-like shopping event, making it the latest major retailer to offer holiday deals earlier this year to entice cautious consumers struggling with tighter budgets. During the Oct. 11-12 event, Amazon Prime members will get early access to discounted items. The “Prime Early Access […]
23 hours ago
FILE -Visitors walk across the Yalu River Broken Bridge, right, next to the Friendship Bridge conne...
Associated Press

Seoul says North Korea, China reopen freight train traffic

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea and China resumed freight train service Monday following a five-month hiatus, South Korean officials said, as the North struggles to revive an economy battered by the pandemic, U.N. sanctions and other factors. The reopening came after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month made a dubious claim […]
23 hours ago
Victoria Colson, 31, of Tampa loads sandbags into her truck along with other Tampa residents who wa...
Associated Press

Cuba prepares evacuations as strengthening TS Ian nears

HAVANA (AP) — Authorities in Cuba suspended classes in Pinar del Rio province and said they will begin evacuations Monday as Tropical Storm Ian was forecast to strengthen into a hurricane before reaching the western part of the island on its way to Florida. A hurricane warning was in effect for Grand Cayman and the […]
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
Chicago cop charged, allegedly pinned boy while off-duty