Sunday, July 01, 2018

Update: Arrest Warrant Issued For Woman At Center Of Post-Pride Viral Video

An arrest warrant has been issued for Breah Bedford, according to court records | Facebook; YoutTube
An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman who was seen falling to the ground and shaking after a police officer intervened in a post-Pride Parade fight last Sunday. Videos of the incident have gone viral and Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability is reviewing how police handled the case.

Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman on Thursday signed a warrant for the arrest of 18-year-old Breah K. Bedford of Calumet City to face battery charges, according to court records secured by CWBChicago. Police department paperwork that accompanies the warrant for Bedford’s arrest lays out further detail about what allegedly led up to the fight seen on video.

The viral videos show Bedford inserting herself into a fight outside of Big City Tap, 1010 West Belmont, around 9:30 p.m. on June 24th. She appears to strike a bar security officer, prompting a Chicago policeman to pull her away from the man. Bedford falls to the ground and her legs began shaking in the air while a bystander screams, “she’s having a seizure.”

The videos were recorded as police were in their fifth hour of trying to maintain order along Belmont Avenue where large, lingering crowds sparked a series of fights following the parade.

Jones (left) and Gordon | Chicago Police Dept
Simone Jones, 20 of Gary, Ind., and 21-year-old Freddie Gordon of Indianapolis were arrested on the scene and have been charged with misdemeanors in connection with the fight. Bedford was not immediately charged because she was hospitalized, police said.

According to a police case report, police had ordered the owner of Big City Tap and neighboring 1000 Liquors to close his businesses for the night and to keep both establishments clear of loiterers. Around 9:30 p.m., the owner was instructing a group of people to get out of the doorway at Big City Tap when Bedford and Jones began arguing with him, the report said.

Jones began spitting on the owner, throwing food and drinks at him, and swinging bags, according to the report. When the owner and a security guard tried to detain Jones for police, Gordon began punching them and Bedford “utilized what appeared to be a white metal chain to strike all of the victims involved,” an officer said in the report.

An officer “grabbed Bedford by her arms and pulled her away from the victims in order to stop the violence,” according to the report. “Bedford fell to the ground and began showing signs of a seizure disorder and was actively seizing on the sidewalk,” officers reported. She was admitted to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition.

The police report says Bedford is 5-feet-tall and weighs 84 pounds. Gordon, Jones, and Bedford were all “suspected of using alcohol,” according to the CPD report.

Gordon is charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery. Jones is charged with a single count of misdemeanor battery. Both were released on recognizance bonds last Monday.

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