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Man bodyslammed so hard by Chicago cop he could ‘feel his heartbeat in his brain’

THIS was the moment a cop body-slammed a man during his arrest in Chicago.

Bernard Kersh said he hit the pavement with such force "I could feel my heartbeat in my brain".

Police say Kersh was stopped for drinking alcohol in a public space during the Thanksgiving holidays.

They say he became verbally abusive, spat in the officer's face and then threatened him.

Kersh also now faces charges of resisting arrest.

But Kersh claims he's "happy to be alive" and his lawyer is calling for all action to be dropped.

In the 43-second video captured by a passing motorist, the cop grabs hold of Kersh before lifting him up and hurling him to the pavement.

Kersh told WBBM: "I am happy to be alive.

"Because I could easily not be here talking about it right now.

"I could have been killed. I would have rather been tased than be slammed like that.

"It was like I could feel my heartbeat in my brain."

Paramedics were "immediately notified" after the incident, police said, and the man was taken to a hospital.

The names of the officers have not been released.

The Chicago Police Department said in a statement: "If wrongdoing is discovered, officers will be held accountable."

Attorney, Andrew Stroth, told CNN the officer's technique was "excessive" and "unreasonable" and said Kersh "did not present a threat to the officer."

He was released on bond and is expected in court January 15, according to Cook County Sheriff's Office.

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