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:

Comments (43)
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Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

EXCUSE ME? The "father" says it's the cops fault for not allowing HER to DICTATE what she will or will not do? SHE'S A CHILD, SHE DOES WHAT SHE IS TOLD. The cops, 100% of them, SHOULD QUIT. Let the DA try to control this BLM FILTH>

tfort
tfort

The cops didn’t follow the plan that was established and look what happened. If they would have complied with going to a counselor, they would still have their jobs at school.

Patriot6
Patriot6

Animals belong in cages because they are dangerous.

MRM
MRM

I believe it was the staff that had to follow the plan, not the officers. He was saying they should have called a counselor first.

All that is besides the point. Kids today have no respect for authority figures and this stupid shit reinforces that behavior.

Bob H
Bob H

The article states that the father us upset with the school not the officers as the school was supposed to let her walk to the counselors office. He needs to understand that when she became so unruly and destructive the protocol was unable to be used. By dropping all charges, this brat is going to believe that all bets are off and she can do what she pleases with no repercussions. And we wonder why Chicago is such a mess!

Memere
Memere

Charges are dropped all too often in these type of situations. Kids know what they can get away with and will use it to their advantage. The future is definitely something to be worried about. God bless our LEO's!!

Janken
Janken

I wonder who is making these kids act this way. Her actions Warrents a big behavior problem. Not the cops fault

GSDLUVVA1
GSDLUVVA1

That "father" has NO CLUE what/who he is "raising"!! By continuing to ALLOW his trashy "daughter" to continue to "act out" in this manner, her BEHAVIOR will only get WORSE!! that CHILD needs SERIOUS behavior modifications/medication and THERAPY!! there are serious issues peeps are IGNORING that until the underlying issues are addressed she will continue to act out and the "behaviors" will just escalate!! She WILL soon be just another "statistic" that her father/parents will be hearing about on the 5'oclock news!!!

rdjntx
rdjntx

cops should sue the kid AND her parents ...

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Dropping those charges was a PR move to appease the crowd since this thing went viral, unfortunately Chicago has a huge anti police problem and everyone from the mayor down to the DA has no problem throwing good cops under the bus for the sake of public opinion.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Drop the charges, family hires attorney, sues school and police officers. And the ghetto lottery cycle makes another go-around.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Where the f do they get these names ..out of a big bowl of Alphabets cereal? ......"Dnigma"- is likely one of many just like her in this school. Just listen to the background comments who can't see her doing >anything< wrong and are strictly looking at the "faults" of the LEOs who are trying to control her. Talk about a completely f'd up culture. Yes, there are exceptions but nowhere near enough of them as what is seen here is all too common in this community. Common enough that is almost completely cancels out those who are just good people ....and for those people they have my sympathies.

JBo
JBo

So viral outrage is now dictating to the justice system on who gets prosecuted and who doesn't. Chicago...never mind.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Dnigma?????? Who the fuck calls their child that?? No wonder she acts out!!

Lilnatvsavg
Lilnatvsavg

It’s shitcago. That explains it ALL!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The headline is wrong. The teen attacked the cops BEFORE the video went viral.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Looks like she brought this all on herself. Of course, the media makes the police look like the bad guys. More media bull sh.. promoting the war on the police.

NickyJ
NickyJ

This girl is heading to prison fast. Unless her parents get her help. But I doubt that they will get her the mental help she needs

junkmansj
junkmansj

They need to invent a gun that shoots marshmallows,so these dear misunderstood dream children will cooperate and not be harmed

junkmansj
junkmansj

Onlookers never show the WHOLE Video, only the part that shows mean vicious,racist cops

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

This girl is trouble..why drop charges? Liberals own this and r gonna reap what they are sowing. I dont usually believe in physical punishment but its obvious she needs a good ass whooping..if she was white it would happen..instead this parent is looking at dollar signs..wait and see

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.