A Chicago-area couple says they were "bullied" by police for taking a cellphone video of officers in Garfield Park earlier this month.
Keyia Mandeldove, a massage therapist from Berwyn, was at Garfield Park on August 8 with her massage chair providing free services to community members. Mandeldove's fiancé, Akula Segal of Chicago's South Side, was also with her at the park, located on the city's West Side.
That day, Mandeldove said several police officers arrived at about 7:30 p.m. to do a "sweep" of Garfield Park and to ask those congregating in the area to leave for the night.
Mandeldove, who says she has been a frequent visitor of Garfield Park for the past 15 years, proceeded to have a conversation with the supervising officer on the scene about why people were being asked to disperse. She and the law enforcement official also discussed when the next local community policing meeting would be held, Mandeldove said.
"They weren't coming in the park to address me about being there with the massage chair, they were just there to sweep the park," Mandeldove said. "And I said, 'Hey, where can I find a CAPS [Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy] meeting?' I said, 'Since we've been coming to this park, (the police) close it down anytime between 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. everyday.' And I just want to know where can I go meet with someone to find out why they're doing this, and is there any way to get the park to close at the right time?" Read more »