City officials and some Chicago residents are asking questions about video that shows a police officer striking a man at a block party.

In the video, police arrive on the scene of a block party at 15th and South Christiana. An officer approaches Jeremiah Smith, yells at him and hits him so hard with his police baton Smith’s white hat flies off his head.
Smith attorney Rahsaan Gordon disagrees that his client threatened the officer.

“He never uttered a word to him,” Gordon says.

In the video, a woman holding a baby, screams and then covers her mouth after seeing Smith, stumble to the ground.

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