In this article and attached video, police throw a woman into a concrete bench, breaking several bones in her face. A lawsuit has followed.
They arrested Cassandra Feuerstein in Skokie after finding her asleep at the wheel, and charged her with drunk driving. Later, they added resisting arrest to the charges. Here are more details:
The video below shows a calm Feuerstein who asks to call her husband and kids. Officer Michael Hart calls her out of the cell, and less than 20 seconds later, the video shows Hart throwing the 110-pound woman back into the cell — face-first into a cement bench.
The pictures are very disturbing and I won’t link to them here, but you can go see them on Turley’s blog following the link above.
The police report states that the resisting arrest charge was based on the grounds that Feuerstein “knowingly resisted … in that she pulled away from (the officer) and placed both her hands on the sides of the cell door all in an attempt to not be placed into the holding cell.” That charge appears entirely spurious and abusive and reads like a transparent effort to coerce a victim into silence in hopes of a plea deal. Yet, again, the officer does not appear to have been disciplined and the prosecutors took no action other than dropping the obviously baseless charge.
So she’s driving drunk (which is bad), thankfully doesn’t hurt anyone, and is arrested. Why, then, is this 110 lb woman thrown into the cement bench? Here’s the key detail, I think:
A police report says that Feuerstein was not looking at the camera when being processes [sic] and then charged her with resisting arrest while being brought back to the cell.
DISCLAIMER: I have no more data than you do. I have not seen the whole police report. But I’ve read a lot of incident reports now and followed story after story about police brutality. And that little detail stands out.
THIS IS SPECULATION, but what I think happened is as follows: The woman refused to look at the camera while being processed, then is taken back to her cell by an officer angry at her non-compliance, so the officers flings her inside. I don’t think the officer intended to break her face, I think the officer believes that being obeyed is mandatory, and non-compliance must be met with violence.
The cult of compliance rolls on.
Edit: Here’s a local news story.