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Cops battered, pepper sprayed as they try to detain hammer attack suspect in Boystown

A police officer is battered after being pepper sprayed by a suspect in Boystown early Saturday. | Provided

A Chicago police POD camera captured video of police officers being pepper sprayed and battered as they tried to arrest a man who is accused of beating a Boystown resident with a hammer during an online hook-up last weekend.

The video, provided to CWBChicago by a source, shows officers approaching 29-year-old Cedrick Johnson on the corner of Halsted and Roscoe after the victim identified him to cops around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Johnson, wearing a red tracksuit, takes off running after noticing a sergeant moving in his direction. The sergeant and a patrolman begin chasing Johnson.

About 100 yards later, the sergeant drops out, apparently overcome by the effects of Johnson’s pepper spray. A police spokesman this weekend said the spray can then “exploded” after Johnson struck the patrolman on the head with it and punched the officer.

Video shows that officer landing a left hook, sending Johnson to the ground. Back-up officers quickly arrive and handcuff Johnson while the patrolman steps away and goes to his knees, wiping his eyes.

“The night shift in Boystown is not always easy for the police,” the video source said Wednesday evening. “This is what officers have to deal with on Halsted [Street] on a regular basis.”

One sergeant and three patrol officers involved in detaining Johnson were treated and released at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said.

Johnson, a convicted felon, is charged with eight felony counts of aggravated battery of a police officer, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm; theft; and possession of a controlled substance.

Judge Arthur Willis ordered him held without bail.

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