Video: Special Needs Student Beaten By Officer Due to Failure to Tuck in His Shirt

This video is unbelievable as an officer working outside of Chicago as security in a high school beats a special needs student who left his shirt untucked in violation of the school dress code.

Marshawn Pitts, 15, was walking down the hallway in his high school in Dolton, Ill. when the officer attacked him over the dress code violation.

We have previously seen a school guard tasering a student over a cellphone, here. We have also seen officers beating or threatening teens for not showing respect or bad mouthing them, here and here. These cases may involve students who talk back but the escalation to the use of force is extremely disturbing.

In the Chicago case, the teen make no apparent threatening move before being thrown into the wall by the officer. I know that neatness is a virtue but there may have been an interim measure for an untucked shirt that was short of a physical assault.

26 thoughts on “Video: Special Needs Student Beaten By Officer Due to Failure to Tuck in His Shirt”

  1. depth charge:

    “some people ONLY understand getting their ass beat. Of course the officer was just as ignorant, what’s in common with those two? There’s your trouble!”


    I represented the US DOC guard union for 5 years. The attitude that some “people deserve to be beaten” was present but only a small minority one with most guards doing their jobs without getting emotionally involved in the inmates problems. In fact, that little minority seemed to have most of the personal and family problems too strangely enough.

    You, on the other hand, seem anxious to “teach some five knuckle lessons,” as the troglodytes used to say. That the guard was “just as ignorant” and that this fact doesn’t strike you as immensely ironic tells me a lot about you, since most of realize his job is not to be “ignorant” and your job is to know that and disapprove.

  2. Wow, Carlylye, you really hate the white man, don’t you? How can you stand to look at yourself in the mirror, with all of that hate for whitey? You are as much of a racist and promote racial stereotypes as much as the the white racists you admonish. Your divisive attitude does nothing except to foment increased hatred. Try doing something constructive with all of your righteous indignation.

  3. i’ve worked for the texas prison system for over 5 yrs, and i have seen this kids demeanor, attitude, defiance, and ignorance time and time again. He has a learning disability, and a stopping and doing what he is told disability, and a get up an charge at the officer with both fists disability. Watch the video carefully and if you don’t know… some people ONLY understand getting their ass beat. Of course the officer was just as ignorant, what’s in common with those two? There’s your trouble!

  4. noway golly.

    “You have a black president now.”

    No I don’t. I am not an American and do not live in America both facts for which I am grateful.

    Actually I am white Australian of anglo celtic descent. Australia is a little racist shit hole but since I have been reading US political blogs I have come to the conclusion that Australian racism is mild compared with that of the USA. In Australia we treat our blacks who are the unethnicly cleansed remnants of the descendants of unlawful migrants who arrived 40,000 years before the rightful owners rather than the descendants of the wrongly liberated slaves every bit as badly as you treat your niggers. However in relation to the numerous other ethnic groups that have immigrated here Australia is a picture of harmony.

    You smug American racists are so blind to the unacknowleged privilege which you have by reason of not being niggers. You are blind to how several centuries of inherited advantage that white Americans have versus the same number of centuries of inherited disadvantage of black Americans can create unbridgeable gulfs between the social conditions of the two groups.

    A small black middle class has escaped poverty but the vast black underclass remains stuck in place as multiple waves of immigrants have arrived to jump the queue for the limited number of entry level positions to the ladder of upward mobility that constitutes the American dream. All these immigrants have been discriminated against, but not to the same extent as Afro Americans. They have migrated upwards and become honorary whites, as much entitled to sneer at the niggers as the grandest anglo good ole boy from Texas or Alabama.

    Barak Obama is a white man who happens to have black skin. He is no friend of the Negroes just another lacky of the corporate kleptocrats, a worthy successor to George W Bush.

  5. Carlyle Moulton,
    It is obvious you are an ignorant humna being. “It is a white person that always does this to the righteous black people”.
    This crap does not hold water ANYMORE. If it ever did.
    You have a black president now. you are no longer a minority, you no longer can claim any prejudice in anyway on any terms.
    So how about getting on the bandwagon that takes us all into the future of security for all.
    It is not about black or white it is about people. So stop with the white against black shit huh?
    You are a fool like all who preach this. Divide and conqeuor is the moral of the media and coporate america.
    Keep the races fighting and off balance is what they want.
    If we got together we would scare the shit out of the government and coporate america.
    So stop being the poor nigga and I’ll stop being the poor honky and lets get to being humans.

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