Cassandra Feuerstein is suing the Skokie Police Department in Illinois, claiming an officer used excessive force when she was arrested for DUI.
Feuerstein was arrested after officers found her pulled over on the side of the road, and asleep behind the wheel. After she was taken to the police station, Feuerstein claims her civil rights were violated.
Everything was calm until Feuerstein asked to call her husband and kids. Officer Michael Hart called her out of her cell and a few minutes later threw the 110-pound woman into the cell’s concrete bench.
After that, two other officers attended to Feuerstein who was bleeding profusely, and later taken to the hospital.
Feuerstein suffered several facial fractures, requiring reconstructive surgery to her face which added a titanium plate to her cheek. Feuerstein’s attorney, Torri Hamilton , stated:
“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. She doesn’t even know, we don’t even know what she’s going to need in the future.”
The officer’s report alleged Feuerstein was not looking at the camera while being processed and charged her with resisting arrest while she was being brought back to her cell. The charges of resisting arrest were dropped after Feuerstein plead guilty to drunk driving.
Her lawyer has stated that she will be proceeding with a civil lawsuit because authorities are not pursuing charges against the officer.
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