Bodycam Footage of CTA Supervisor Arrested by Chicago Police Officer

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Published on 20 Jun 2020, 1:09
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Chicago, Illinois — Newly released body camera footage shows a dispute between Chicago Transit Authority supervisor Martesa Lee and Chicago Police Officer Raymond Haran, as well as her subsequent arrest, after she complained about the interaction to his supervisor. The incident happened back in February 2020 at the Jackson Red Line platform. Musician Michael Malinowski, known as “Machete Mike” for the way he plays guitar, was playing music when he was suddenly stabbed by a 38-year-old woman. The woman later said the guitar playing had given her a headache. CTA supervisor Martesa Lee was there as the incident commander. Chicago police arrived to the scene and what followed was captured on body cam footage.

Lee accuses the officer of pushing her while on the platform. The officer is heard telling the woman she is in a crime scene, as the woman is seen on her radio, the officer grabs the woman and moves her, according to the video. She then goes up to a CPD sergeant to make a complaint against the officer. The Sgt is heard on video telling Lee “If he tells me that you were obstructing the crime scene, we’re going to arrest you”. Lee was arrested and kept on the platform for eight minutes before she was released without charges. Lee is now suing the city of Chicago over the incident and she also has filed a federal lawsuit against the two officers, alleging false arrest and a violation of her First Amendment right to free speech.

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