Sunday, December 02, 2018

Video: Cops struggle with man after recovering gun from car

An officer works to contain Keon Lewis while a second officer, who slipped on an icy street, holds tight to Lewis' underwear. | Video grab
A routine 911 call about a man sleeping behind the wheel of a running car escalated Friday morning on a Rogers Park sidestreet as two police officers struggled to control the man after he learned that they had found a handgun in his car. Video of the incident recorded by a passer-by has begun to spread online.

Police said officers were dispatched to handle the call of a man slumped over the wheel of a car in the 1500 block of West Juneway Terrace around 6:50 a.m. While the man was still apparently unconscious, officers saw a handgun on the driver’s side floorboard between the man’s legs, according to a police spokesperson.

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The video shows that when an officer began walking the man to a squad car, he learned that the police had found a handgun in the vehicle and he suddenly tried to run away. A struggle ensued and one officer took a hard fall on the ice—though she managed to keep a firm, helpful grasp on the suspect’s underwear. Narcotics were later found in the vehicle, too, according to the CPD spokesperson.

Keon Lewis, Jr. | CPD
Police today said Keon “Lil Keon” Lewis, 21, of the 10100 block of South Avenue M on the Far South Side has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of resisting-obstructing police, and three counts of possessing a controlled substance. Judge John Lyke released Lewis on a recognizance bond.

As Lewis is escorted to a police car, an officer tells him that they found a handgun in his vehicle. Lewis—handcuffed in front of his body—tries to make a run for it.

A struggle ensues with the male officer working to contain Lewis as a female officer, who slipped on the icy street, helps from her fallen position. Lewis can be heard pleading with officers to let him go because he is a new father. Watch closely. You’ll see the recovered handgun is in the female officer's right hand during the struggle. She was not seriously injured.

Lewis’ own father, Keon Lewis Sr., was shot to death as he rode in a car on Lake Shore Drive near Montrose in May 2016. He was 35.

Something that you won’t see on the video is this: The two officers, working in an understaffed district, had to wait more than ten minutes for a transport wagon to show up at the scene.
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