VIDEO: Two Officers Face FBI Investigation After Disturbing Red Line Shooting

Holly Matkin

Ariel Roman, 33, was facing resisting arrest and narcotics-related charges.

Chicago, IL – The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has dropped all charges against a suspect who was shot as he brawled with two officers at a subway stop on Friday (video below).

The suspect was “jumping from train [car] to train [car]” in violation of city ordinance when he was confronted by two CPD officers at the 521 North State Street station at approximately 4 p.m., CPD Deputy Superintendent Barbara West said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

He was later identified as 33-year-old Ariel Roman, The Washington Post reported.

Roman fled from the officers and ran onto the platform, where they attempted to take him into custody, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Both officers deployed their Tasers during the brawl, but the suspect refused to comply.

Cell phone footage showed a male officer tangled up with the suspect as he wrestled with him at the foot of an escalator.

The officer managed to pin the combative man onto the ground against a wall, keeping a firm grip on the suspect’s one handcuffed hand.

A female officer repeatedly told Roman to give her his other hand, but he refused.

“I didn’t do nothing,” he argued.

As the suspect attempted to squirm out from beneath the male officer, the female officer pulled out her pepper spray.

“Shoot him!” the male officer yelled.

The officer appeared to deploy the spray, at which point Roman rolled onto his knees beneath the male officer and slammed his free fist onto the ground.

He managed to get his feet beneath him as the male officer repeatedly ordered him to stop resisting.

The suspect then rubbed his eyes and took several steps forward, at which point a gunshot rang out while the officers were facing directly across from each other.

Roman pivoted and appeared to get into a momentary physical altercation with the male officer before he ran up the escalator with the officers in pursuit.

A second gunshot rang out a moment later.

Roman was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and buttocks, the Chicago Tribune reported.

He was listed in stable condition after surgery, and will likely need additional surgical procedures in the future.

The suspect did grab one officer's handcuffs during the fight, but was not in possession of them at the time of the shooting. It is unclear whether or not he was in possession of a weapon at the time of the incident.

The officers, both of whom have served CPD since 2017, have been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol.

The footage of the officer-involved shooting has been viewed millions of times so far.

“I have viewed the widely shared footage depicting the police-involved shooting at the CTA station,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted on Friday. “With the strong caveat that one perspective does not depict the entirety of the incident, the video is extremely disturbing and the actions by these officers are deeply concerning.”

CPD Superintendent Charlie Beck opted to contact the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office about the incident due to the “potential criminal nature” of the shooting, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“We have serious tactical concerns about what we saw,” CPD Spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said on Saturday.

“To ensure full transparency and accountability, I support Superintendent Beck’s decision to contact the State’s Attorney due to the potential criminal nature of this incident," Lightfoot said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is assisting with the investigation, according to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s Office.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has also launched an investigation into the brawl, WGN reported.

Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham blasted the CPD and Lightfoot for their response to the incident.

“Why has the superintendent and the Mayor not commented on the fact that not one individual assisted these officers during the struggle to place the offender clearly engaged in felony resisting into custody, an offender who once again failed to comply with police orders?” Graham asked The Washington Post on Saturday. “Why have they not commented on the potential evidence that the officers called for help but could not be heard on their radios in the CTA tunnels?”

Graham said that the involved officers have not received “their due protection and consideration in a high-stress, dangerous incident.”

On Sunday, Foxx dropped charges against Roman at the request of Superintendent Beck, according to WGN.

Roman had been facing resisting arrest and narcotics-related charges, The Washington Post reported.

"Given the totality of circumstances and the Department's significant level of concern around this incident, it would be insensitive to advocate for these charges," Guglielmi told WGN in a statement.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Attorney Rachel Murphy said that Roman “apparently did nothing more than [jumping] trains,” and said that the incident is “evidence of the lack of meaningful de-escalation” attempts made by the CPD, the Chicago Tribune reported.

A GoFundMe page set up by Roman’s family has raised over $900 so far.

You can watch cell phone footage of the officers’ encounter with the suspect in the videos below:

Comments (62)
flybynight
flybynight

I'll ask once again. Why not just comply? Asking for a friend.

No. 1-29
Jakepierce26
Jakepierce26

Descaulate tactics? Uh why? Looks like they should have escalated until he complied, what's this world coming too?

Lawman777
Lawman777

Officers have to realize the Mayor's office will always support the thug. You just need to adjust your work ethic accordingly and retire after 25 yrs. Let them have a Baltimore if that is what they want.

Tomted
Tomted

Kim Foxx will have no problem dropping charges. She’s an expert at that.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Where are the arrest and control tactics? Baton armlock?

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

NOT ONE PERSON STOPS TO OFFER ASSISTANCE TO THE OFFICERS AND THE FEMALE IS LESS THAN USLESS IN BACKING UP HER PARTNER IN HELPING WITH THE ARREST.
I THINK IT WAS THE FEMALE WHO SHOT THE GUY...

oly4ray 2020
oly4ray 2020

It's sad how NOT one person stopped to offer the officers assistance. How sad the world we are in now that videoing is more important then being a human being as lending a hand. So many people walked by like they were not even a scuffle going on.

TwiztidRich
TwiztidRich

All he had to do was comply. Sad.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The shooting aside, did the suspect commit a crime? If so, why drop the charges? The only thing I found disturbing is the male officer basically having to fight the suspect by himself while his "partner" danced around doing nothing. Also, why is the FBI involved?

Strider
Strider

It’s a known fact that someone hyped up on drugs often have the strength affiliated with multiple people. They are often immune to stun guns and pepper spray as indicated in the video. We’re the officers supposed to just let him run away when he could be a potential danger to others? Instead of supporting their officers they let a known dangerous druggie back on the street. What a crock of s*#t!

JL Bachs
JL Bachs

This was obviously a racially motivated shooting

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

While the shooting does look bad based on the limited facts available, the fact that the Chicago leadership are weighing in before all the facts are known shows that these officers's careers are over. Happened in NYC with Ofc Pantaleo. I don't know why the officer shot him, we haven't heard from the officers involved, and with the superintendent dropping the charges against Roman, it's a clear sign that the department is not going to stand behind the officers who were doing their job.

Lets allow the investigation to be completed, and hear from all the involved parties, before we draw a conclusion on what happened.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If the officers want help then they should ask for help. If someone jumps into the fight (and I use the term "fight" loosely here) uninvited then there is a good chance that the police officers will assume it is a friend of the arrestee and bad consequences will follow.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Also, there is plenty of probable cause to arrest these officers now, even if the investigation eventually clears them. So, arrest them already, and no bail because violent crime.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Also, the charges were probably dropped so that the shooting victim does not get discovery rights to dig up info on the officers involved and their training. There may be info that they do not want to be released because it would attract more talented civil attorneys to the inevitable civil suit. IOW, it is in the officers best interests that the criminal charges against the ordinance violator are dropped.

Fubar66
Fubar66

Wow!!! That female cop was completely useless!!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I have cuffed ankles. Don't they teach that stuff in Chicago?!?!

Stanracer
Stanracer

" He did nothing but jump cars". Wait...what? How about resisting arrest and
obtruction. All he had to do was comply. Simple.

LEO 30
LEO 30

Notice he is a white guy. No gathering of crowd, no one yelling or trying to interfere.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Kim Foxx dropped charges AFTER Beck ( New guy from California) asked her too. WTF was he thinking ?????

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Just let him get away. He'll mess up another day and get caught then. NOT worth the aggravation. Not for some bullshit arrest that's going NO WHERE !!!!! Now these POs lives are destroyed because of this scum bag. Makes no sense AT ALL !!!!!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

This a rare instance where a white suspect refuses to comply with black cops, so they shoot him. Where are the protests and riots?

Schick
Schick

You could NOT PAY ME ENOUGH to be an LEO these days!!!

ProudLEOwife
ProudLEOwife

I find it ironic that he was resisting arrest and was already facing charges for resisting. I see a pattern emerging.

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Can someone again try to explain to me WHY anyone would hire, not only women, but, fat women as police officers? They are NO HELP in these types of confrontations, are quick to shoot and put their partners safety in jeopardy. I had a few female co-workers who were really nice and great people but never were any help in struggles. They became officers to take selfies in uniform and thought, "It would be cool".

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Ok..time to file suit n get rich off of this.thug can then buy all the drugs he wants..maybe.hopefully he will OD.
Lightfoot is a leftwing libnut. N Hates the police

Disgust
Disgust

Mayor Lori,
Im disturbed at your disturbef feeling. If those officers ignored the man and he got killed or hurt you would blame yhe officers for not doing their job.
Im so outraged at the crimi al being the victim and the political people supporting the criminals.

walkintall
walkintall

There has GOT to be another half-dozen agencies who could also start an investigation into this. Holy Shit and Pass The Anacin..........

Chinamike
Chinamike

The police woman showed her worth 🙄


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