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    I wasn't sure what to make of this one but this potentially may be bad for the unit housing the female. I was trying to see where she resisted but couldn't find anything based on the limited scope of the video but in essence the female was in custody because of an alleged DUI, she is shoved back into the cell and hits the cement bench. She hits the bench face first and is bleeding profusely as a result of a laceration and broken facial bones. The female is now suing since nothing was done against the LEO.

    Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local...#ixzz2hMWFK4b8



    Video Captures Cop's Alleged Excessive Force Against Chicago Woman

    A Chicago woman has filed a lawsuit against the Skokie Police Department claiming an officer used excessive force after she was arrested for DUI.

    Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, was arrested for DUI after officers found her pulled over at the side of the road and asleep behind the wheel.

    But Feuerstein claims her civil rights were violated after she was taken to the police station.

    Surveillance video portrays a calm scene as Feuerstein interacts with an officer until she says she asked to call her husband and kids.

    Officer Michael Hart called her out of the cell, and less than 20 seconds later, the video shows Hart throwing the 110-pound woman back into the cell, launching her face-first into a cement bench.

    The rest of the video shows two other officers assisting her as she bled on the floor.

    Feuerstein says several bones were shattered in her face, requiring reconstructive surgery and a titanium plate in her cheek.

    Cassandra-Feuerstein's Injuries "This can go from 0-60 so quickly, like this man did with someone who's clearly no threat to him is dangerous -- could be dangerous with that type of power that he has," Feuerstein's attorney, Torri Hamilton, said. "She doesn't even know, we don't even know what she's going to need in the future."

    The officer's report said Feuerstein was not looking at the camera while being processed and charged her with resisting arrest while she was being brought back to the cell.

    The State's Attorney later dropped the resisting arrest charges, and Feuerstein pleaded guilty to drunk driving.

    Her lawyer says she's proceeding with the civil suit because authorities are not pursuing charges against the officer.

    Skokie officials had no comment on the case.
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  • #2
    Just from what I see... looks pretty sad.

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    • #3
      Disgusting! I don't care what she may have done in the hall, that's just wrong.

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      • #4
        There should have been cameras in the hallway as well. Can we see the video from them before we chime in with our thoughts?
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        • #5
          I hate to mmqb but I could tell without reading the article that given the proper balance it probably wouldn't have been so bad. Given her intoxicated status the push was too much for her to recover from.

          Who knows what happened before the video just judging from the clip given.

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          • #6
            Way more to this story.

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            • #7
              $10 says the female did something stupid in the hallway.
              yeah!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Prov1x View Post
                $10 says the female did something stupid in the hallway.
                It appears she was under control as she was escorted back to the cell, regardless, she was shoved pretty damn hard into a concrete cell, what did the officer expect to happen?

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                • #9
                  Guess that answers that...

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                  • #10
                    I think that video Chef posted clears up the argument that this was completely out of line.

                    Honestly though, I think just from the first video it was pretty clear that the officer was in the wrong here. What could that woman have possibly done in the hall to warrant her being shoved into the cell like that?

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                    • #11
                      I'm sure the officer could have used less force to get her into the cell, but it's pretty clear from the video that as she is supposed to be walking into the cell, she reaches both hands out and grabs the door frame on both sides, leading to the shove.

                      You can see it clear as day at 1:53. He is walking her to the cell, with his hand on her arm, just like the first time, except the second time she grabs both door frames. First time he escorts her, her hands are in front, no force used at all. The second time, she grabs the door, force is used.

                      Was it excessive? Well in hind sight, knowing what we know now, it's easy to see that he did not need to use that much force. When he was escorting her, and she grabbed the door frames, perhaps he felt it was warranted. I would be willing to bet he did not envision her traveling that far and used more pressure than he intended.

                      I have no doubt we would have done an internal investigation, and he perhaps would have gotten a letter of reprimand or a short suspension for his actions, but he wouldn't have been charged with a crime here either.

                      I'm sure a jury will award her quite a lot of damages due to how ugly the video and injuries look, but she was far from some sweet innocent victim.

                      By the way, that video and article were worthless. The video is narrated by someone who appears to be the woman's attorney (gee, no bias there), and the story says the officer's report stated that "she resisted", without giving any actual information as to what was in the report. That's some fair and balanced journalism for ya.

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                      • #12
                        I was about to say didn't think anyone else saw her clearly grabbing the sides of the door. If she didn't do that I doubt any force would have been used..
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                        • #13
                          I understand the MMQB and I wasn't there so its obviously just my opinion, but even with her grabbing the door, a shove with that force directly to the back still doesn't warrant it. Actually I think that makes this situation even worse as that's a perfect way to injure the spine, had she kept her grip.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SOI View Post
                            I'm sure the officer could have used less force to get her into the cell, but it's pretty clear from the video that as she is supposed to be walking into the cell, she reaches both hands out and grabs the door frame on both sides, leading to the shove.

                            You can see it clear as day at 1:53. He is walking her to the cell, with his hand on her arm, just like the first time, except the second time she grabs both door frames. First time he escorts her, her hands are in front, no force used at all. The second time, she grabs the door, force is used.

                            Was it excessive? Well in hind sight, knowing what we know now, it's easy to see that he did not need to use that much force. When he was escorting her, and she grabbed the door frames, perhaps he felt it was warranted. I would be willing to bet he did not envision her traveling that far and used more pressure than he intended.

                            I have no doubt we would have done an internal investigation, and he perhaps would have gotten a letter of reprimand or a short suspension for his actions, but he wouldn't have been charged with a crime here either.

                            I'm sure a jury will award her quite a lot of damages due to how ugly the video and injuries look, but she was far from some sweet innocent victim.

                            By the way, that video and article were worthless. The video is narrated by someone who appears to be the woman's attorney (gee, no bias there), and the story says the officer's report stated that "she resisted", without giving any actual information as to what was in the report. That's some fair and balanced journalism for ya.
                            Grab her arms and restrain her long enough before putting her in the cell. I understand drunks are frustrating, but nothing good was coming out of that shove.

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                            • #15
                              I know nothing about how to handle prisoners. Here is what I think: it seems to me that this is not a new situation, but very much an old situation, something that happens thousands of times, over and over again: the booking of an inebriated and less-than cooperative prisoner. What do you do, when the prisoner tries to delay every step of the process and makes things difficult on purpose? A cop from 1946 would have an answer for that. Even a cop from 1846 would have an answer for that (I don't know what they would say, but they would say something). I don't believe that anything in the video is new: the prisoner bracing against the door frame, then being shoved into the cell, and the falling and injuring: none of this can possibly be new in the slightest. So: is there is a rule on how to handle prisoners that was violated here? Or is it up to the discretion of the LEO or CO? Or is this one of those "each jurisdiction handles it differently"?
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