VIDEO: Charges Dropped Against Teen Who Attacked Cops After Video Goes Viral

Dnigma Howard is facing felony charges after she attacked two Chicago officers escorting her out of school.

Chicago, IL – The Chicago police officers who tased a 16-year-old student in a now-viral video on Jan. 29 have been reassigned, and the female student who attacked them had her felony charges dropped after viral outrage over the video(video below).

The incident began when Dnigma Howard got caught using her cell phone in class at John Marshall Metropolitan High School and was reprimanded by her teacher.

The 16 year old with a history of behavioral problems got into a confrontation with an assistant principal and began flipping desks, according to ABC News.

That’s when she was asked to leave the school, according to her father, Laurentio Howard.

School resource officers were called to escort Dnigma to the in-school suspension room while she waited for her father to pick her up, but she proved uncooperative.

"I tried to walk the other way. He put his hand out in front of me and like pushed me toward the stairway which I reacted to grab his vest,” the teenage girl told ABC News.

But police argued that’s not what happened at all, and said the student became physically aggressive and bit one of the officers.

She refused to release her bite until she and the officer both fell down a flight of stairs, according to WFLD.

At the bottom of the stairs, Dnigma continued fighting the officers.

The video, filmed by another student and posted to social media, showed the fight on the hallway floor, with one officer down on the ground and another standing up above Dnigma.

The video showed one officer standing with one foot on the girl’s leg, pointing a Taser in her direction.

In the video, the teenager tries to grab the yellow Taser out of the officer’s hand, but he stopped her and grabbed for her.

She continued to resist arrest while the officers tried to handcuff her.

Both officers deployed their Tasers on Dnigma, but only one can be seen in the video, ABC News reported.

Her father said he blames the school for not following an agreed-on protocol for his daughter’s behavior problems.

Laurentio Howard told ABC News that his daughter, who has a history of acting out in class, was supposed to be allowed to talk to a school counselor before she was thrown out of school.

His daughter’s version of events neglected to include the fact she had bitten a police officer on the staircase.

Dnigma was arrested after the incident. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and treated for minor injuries, ABC News reported.

She appeared in juvenile court on Feb. 3 and was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and two misdemeanor counts of resisting and obstructing a peace officer, according to WLS.

"I was like, dang, I got charged with protecting myself," Dnigma told reporters. "It was just my word against the court's word."

Dnigma was put on house arrest with an electronic monitoring device, but charges we all suddenly dropped after the video of the incident went viral.

The prosecutor offered no explanation for dropping charges despite evidence of Dnigma's crimes being on video.

Both officers were transported to University of Illinois Hospital and treated after the altercation for what the Fraternal Order of Police said are serious injuries.

"The officers are currently on medical leave and they will be reassigned to different duties within the District as COPA and the CPD Force Review Unit complete independent investigations into the incident," Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told ABC News in a statement.

The officers will not be returning to the same campus, the school district said.

You can see video from the incident below:

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Gap Filler
Gap Filler

The judge and the prosecuter both have gotten too "black" sensitive and as for the father, "the school didn't follow proper protocol when dealing with her because she was to talk with a school counselor first" Then she either needs to be in a special school for troubled children or juvenile.

She should have been charged for her crimes, period. The officers; they did nothing to control this situation because of their fears as well! Frankly I'm sick of this sh*t! Grow stones or find another profession.

TBUPS
TBUPS

Way to go Judge. This girl is allowed to completely lose control of her emotions, break all the rules & have no consequences. Good job. She will grow up to be an out of control adult, unemployable, and draw SS disability that she didn't earn, raise children just like her, and blame everyone else for her problems. Way to be a great influence on her!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This video doesn’t show shit but her not complying and trying to attack officers. The judge must be “sensitive” because of her ethnicity.

Ngtowl1966
Ngtowl1966

I don’t know about you all but I’m getting sick and tired of officers always being pick apart for dealing with criminals “don’t break the law and your not have contact with them” The liberals are creating these snowflakes,back in the day we’d get our buts paddled at school and worse when we got home, suspensions weren’t nessarry because we learned our lessons quickly!

K9ndn
K9ndn

Ok as a DTI instructor I can pick this whole video apart. From what I got out of it is she is attempting to assault the officers from the ground. The officers to what I see are lazy and do not want to engage her in the ground. This is a law suit waiting to happen. Charges shouldn’t be dropped but this officers need to be put thru a DTI academy class and sit at a desk until they quit being lazy. Just saying from my observation.