Video shows Chicago police officer body-slam man who allegedly spat on him

The Chicago Police Department is investigating after a video surfaced Thursday showing a police officer body-slamming an unidentified man onto the ground, CBS Chicago reported. The officer has been stripped of his police powers during the investigation, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

According to police, the incident occurred after officers in an unmarked vehicle approached a 29-year-old man drinking alcohol around 4 p.m. at a bus station in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. Police said the man became angry at one of the officers, verbally threatened him, licked the officer's face, and spat in his eyes and mouth.

The officer then performed what was described by police as an "emergency takedown." The disturbing 43-second video shows the officer grab the man by his midsection and forcefully throw him to the ground. The man's head appears to land on the curb.

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Tags: Police officer body slamming, man on the ground, Street fight

Location: Chicago