Calumet City Police have filed excessive-force charges against a veteran officer who allegedly beat up a 15-year-old boy picked up for jaywalking and will recommend that the officer be suspended without pay, officials said Friday.
The 6-foot-4 Thornton Fractional North High School sophomore, now 16, suffered several injuries and received many stitches, his family said, charging that he was singled out because he is black.
"He was mangled. He was beaten to a pulp. He still has a scar, which will remind him of the incident," said Elliot Richardson, Pennington's attorney.
Thornton Fractional Principal Dwayne Evans described Pennington as a model honor roll student and stellar athlete.
Pennington said he was singled out of a group of boys stopped for jaywalking near their school by an off-duty police officer. Pennington was taken into custody.
At the station, Picicco began "senselessly beating" Pennington's head and face with his fists, Richardson said. Pennington maintains he never provoked the officer and was only tapping a window in the holding room when he was attacked.
Also see ABC7Chicago coverage with photo of the beaten teenager here.
April 12, 2004 "Code Red" at Thornton Fractional South. The lockdown was a little more than a visit. In fact, 16 canine teams from various Illinois and Indiana departments participated in the search. No drugs were found.