Man slammed to ground by Chicago police officer in viral video pleads guilty to battery

On Thanksgiving 2019, officers approached Kersh at a bus shelter at 79th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue and took a bottle of vodka he had been holding, police said. Kersh became “irate” and spit in one of the officer’s eyes and mouth, police said at the time. That officer was then seen on cellphone video picking up Kersh and throwing him to the ground.