The former Chicago police officer accused of battering a woman during an altercation captured on video last year at North Avenue Beach will not have to post any money to secure his release following his arrest earlier this week,
A Cook County judge on Thursday issued a $10,000 I-bond to 52-year-old Bruce Dyker, meaning the ex-officer will not need to put up any money to be released as he awaits trial on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct.
According to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the judge allowed Dyker to travel back to Texas where he lives, but barred him from having any contact with the victim in this case and from possessing a firearm while in Illinois.
The incident occurred just after midnight on Aug. 28, 2021. In a video that was later shared widely on social media, the victim, Nikkita Brown, can be seen walking away from the officer, who appears to be attempting to make her leave the area.
The video shows she and the officer exchange words, and after Brown stops walking and looks down at her phone, the officer grabs her arm and attempts to restrain her. Brown can be heard screaming as the officer twists her around.
After more than a minute, the officer lets go of Brown, and they walk away in opposite directions.
Dyker was placed on administrative duties days after the incident and reportedly has since retired from the Chicago Police Department.
Dyker’s next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 9.