Nikkita Brown, the Black woman whose altercation with a Chicago police officer while walking her dog on North Avenue Beach, is speaking exclusively with ABC News about her ordeal.
“I thought I was going to die,” she said. “I thought he was going to kill me. I had it in my mind that I was going to be shot.”
COPA is investigating the August 28 incident. It began when the officer ordered her to leave the beach, which was closed.
“I know that as soon as he got out the car, I’m thinking to myself, how can I kind of deter the situation? How can I deescalate the situation?” she recalled.
The cell phone video caught some of what the two said to each other. There is a beep as the officer, who is not wearing a mask, turns on his body camera.
“Now understand this,” he begins.
“Please don’t,” Brown interrupts. “Please respect my space. It’s COVID. Six feet.”
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SOURCE: ABC7 Chicago, Eric Horng