Ex-Chicago cop pleads guilty to hitting man with baton in Lawndale, sentenced to probation
Officer Brett Kahn faced 11 felony counts when he was indicted in 2016, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and official misconduct.
A former Chicago police officer has pleaded guilty to battery for hitting a man with his baton in a 2014 incident captured on cellphone video.
Brett Kahn faced 11 felony counts when he was indicted in 2016, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and official misconduct, according to court records.
Kahn pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count of battery that had been downgraded from an official misconduct charge as part of a plea deal with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
The 10 other felony counts Kahn faced were dropped.
Judge Arthur Hill sentenced Kahn to two years’ probation and issued a law enforcement de-certification order, meaning he can no longer work as a police officer in the state, a spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office said.
Kahn was fired from the Chicago Police Department last year in connection with a separate excessive force incident in June 2014, a police spokesman said Friday.
On July 11, 2014, Kahn allegedly saw Lisa Simmons drinking alcohol from a plastic cup in the 1500 block of South Christiana Avenue, the Sun-Time previously reported.
A cellphone recording showed Kahn forcibly holding Simmons, 43, against a squad car while trying to place her under arrest as a crowd gathered around him.
After yelling at the crowd to move away, Kahn took out his baton and walked over to 30-year-old Jeremiah Smith and struck him in the head.
According to an arrest report, Kahn said he believed Smith was trying to punch him.