A Chicago-area woman has filed a lawsuit after a police officer who threw her across a cell, shattering several bones in her face. We will warn you, the following video of the incident is graphic.
Cassandra Feuerstein appears to be calmly interacting with the officer in this video. Then, according to WMAQ, she was called out of the cell to call her husband and kids. And a few seconds later, Feuerstein is violently thrown back inside, face-first into a cement bench. (Via WWMT)
Definitely tough to watch. Forty-seven-year-old Feuerstein had been arrested for a DUI — this all happened in March of this year at the Skokie, Illinois Police Department.
The rest of the video shows other officers helping her as she bleeds on the floor. (Via Skokie Police Department)
Police initially arrested Feuerstein after they found her pulled over on the side of the road, asleep in her car.
The officer’s report says she wasn’t cooperating while being processed and that she was charged for resisting arrest when being brought back to the cell. (Via WJTV)
But Feuerstein says the officer faked the report to justify what he did to her in that cell.
“Apparently, I wasn’t looking into the camera the way he wanted me to.”
Cook County prosecutors dismissed the resisting arrest charges. (Via WBBM)
When she hit the cement bench, Feuerstein’s attorney says several bones were shattered in her face. Her injuries required reconstructive surgery and a titanium plate in her cheek. (Via CLTV)
She says she’s filing a civil suit for unspecified damages because authorities are not pressing charges against the officer responsible for her injuries. Skokie officials have refused to comment on the incident.
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