Chicago police officer William Cozzi will spend about 3-and-a-half years in prison for beating a man shackled to a wheelchair. The incident was captured on videotape.
The beating happened at Norwegian American Hospital in August of 2005. The man in the wheelchair, Randy Miles, was apparently being loud and verbally abusive while awaiting treatment. Cozzi handcuffed Miles and shackled his legs to the wheelchair, then hit him repeatedly with a sap.
Cozzi's lawyers had argued their client has lived a law-abiding life. Police officers are held to a higher standard. Is 3-and-a-half years an adequate punishment or not enough?