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Exclusive video: Cook Co. prosecutor`s wild arrest inside cop car

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A cook county prosecutor was caught on tape with what police call obvious assault, yet she was found not guilty of that and several other charges Wednesday. Now, exclusive new video of the confrontation is sparking outrage in the police community.

Raw police video: Cook Co. prosecutor tries to escape arrest

FOX 32 News has been following this case closely since Naughton and her boyfriend were arrested outside a North Side lingerie store last September.

On Friday, a Cook County judge acquitted Naughton and her boyfriend on all counts, despite police video played at her trial, and obtained exclusively by FOX 32 News.

The squad car video shows an apparently intoxicated Cook County prosecutor, Sarah Naughton, wriggling out of her handcuffs, banging on the windows with her feet, and taking a swing at a Chicago police officer.

Yet on Friday, a Cook County judge found Naughton not guilty on multiple counts of battery, assault, resisting arrest and official misconduct, saying Chicago police officers made a mistake.

FOX 32 showed the video played at her trial to Chicago Police Union President Michael Shields.

"You know, the fix was in from the word go," Shields says. "The victim didn't get a fair trial. The officers didn't get a fair shake here, and clout ruled."

YouTube video of Naughton went viral after she and her boyfriend were arrested outside a North Side lingerie and adult store last September.

Store employees testified Naughton and her boyfriend were loud and drunk when they entered the store and were quickly asked to leave. Outside, they got into a fight with a store employee and Naughton bit him in the leg.

The new video shows what happened after Naughton was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car. She spends several minutes tugging at the handcuffs before pulling them off and unbuckling her seat belt. She then tries repeatedly to get out of the car. A police officer opens the door and Naughton sits quietly hiding her hands, but when the officer reaches in, Naughton takes a swing, forcing the officer to shut the door and get help.

Later, handcuffed again, Naughton begins kicking the windows and doors so hard her shoe flies off.

Yet on the charge of resisting arrest, trial Judge Anthony Calabrese suggested the handcuffs fell off because they weren't tight enough and Naughton was justifiably upset because her boyfriend had been injured.

"If this is just Joe citizen, they probably would have been convicted," says Fraternal Order of Police's Clark Devereux. "But because someone's politically connected and works as a prosecutor, they get a pass."

Both Naughton's father and her defense attorney had worked with Judge Calabrese years ago at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Calabrese says he knew both men, but wasn't friends.

"The judge should have recused himself," Shields says. "The judge had a relationship with the defense attorney, had a relationship with the defendant's father and then and there you should know better."

Despite being acquitted on all charges, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez fired Sarah Naughton Wednesday, saying through a spokesperson: "...there is a significant public interest in the integrity of the state's attorney's office and prosecutors are held to a high standard of conduct both on and off duty. Behavior that violates that public trust will not be tolerated."

A spokesperson for the Illinois Attorney General's Office, which provided a special prosecutor for the trial, called the evidence strong and the verdict "very disappointing"

Judge Calabrese told FOX 32 by phone that he stands by his ruling and will let his comments during his ruling speak for themselves. During an earlier hearing, the judge acknowledged that he knew Naughton's father but said that wouldn't affect his decision.

Naughton's attorney was not available for comment.

The store's owner, Mark Thomas, says he plans to file a complaint against the judge.

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