Skip to comments.VIDEO: Ill. Cop Hurls Woman Into Jail Cell, Shatters Bones in Her Face
Posted on 10/11/2013 5:21:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Cassandra Feuerstein of Chicago was thrown face first by a Skokie officer into a concrete jail cell bench, suffering multiple injuries, her lawyer says. Feuerstein was arrested in March on suspicion of driving under the influence.
A Chicago woman arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence has filed a lawsuit alleging police in Skokie, Ill., violently threw her into a jail cell, shattering several bones in her face.
Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, was arrested March 10 and charged with DUI after police found her sleeping on the side of the road as she sat behind the wheel of her car.
Surveillance video released Wednesday shows a calm Feuerstein being taken out of a jail cell for processing by a male officer.
According to Feuersteins lawyer, Torri Hamilton, seconds after her client asked to call her husband and children, the officer hurled the 110-pound woman back into the cell with such force that she fell and landed face first on a concrete bench.
Bleeding profusely, Feuerstein lies motionless for several seconds before two other officers come to her aid.
"The video speaks for itself," Torri Hamilton, Feuerstein's lawyer, told the Chicago Tribune. "She does nothing to justify what this male police officer does."
Hamilton said Feuerstein filed suit because no disciplinary action was being taken against the officer. While Feuerstein pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, the States Attorney dropped charges made by the officer that she had resisted arrest.
Feuerstein suffered several broken bones in her face, was fitted for a titanium plate in her cheek and required reconstructive surgery as a result of the incident, Hamilton said.
"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," Hamilton told News 5 Chicago. "She doesn't even know - we don't even know what she's going to need in the future."
At least he went home safe at the end of his shift. /s
Roughing up a woman DUI suspect is much safer than going after actual criminals. Pigs don’t surprise me much anymore.
I guess he’s not big on people charging around drunk with a deadly weapon.
Family member killed by a drunk driver?
In Germany, one DUI and the license is gone, big time lawyer or not.
Bicycle. Mother of five or not.
roughing up a dui is a lot safer than a drunk driver at the wheel of a vehicle
Where is the story about this officer being arrested? Thrown off the force? A big man like that must have huge testicles.
Yes drunk drivers should be held liable for murder when they kill someone but a tyrannical government is far more dangerous.
I don’t blame this officer. He was just in a rush to go shoot her dog.
We have a legal system, and she got punished for what she did. Cops don’t mete out their own punishment.
You’re protecting a violent criminal wearing a badge.
Or, perhaps he’s just a sadistic brute hiding behind a badge.
Why are you so intent on blaming the victim in this case?
If the offending jailer is actually as mentally damaged as you say — that’s no defense for him; it’s actually a compelling reason to remove his badge and gun.
(FWIW, I’m not “anti cop” — I’ve often posted here in defense of LEO’s.)
she was sleeping in her car on the side of the road...she was not driving....
I watched the video. I could not understand the rationale of the violence the officer displayed towards her. She was intoxicated but not really uncooperative.
Lastly, there are cameras all over the place in that jail so you would think the cops would know that they are being watched. Cops would also know the size of the cells, the concrete bench and what would likely happen if you shove a drunk towards a cell wall and bench.
She wasn’t driving. She was parked on the side of the road sleeping it off.
When the time comes, this cop has a bright future helping people get off of the trains. Or maybe he’ll just load them into the showers?
Did he feel threatened? No, I suppose not else he would have shot her as she lay broken on the floor.
Pathetic what Law Enforcement has become.
I hope Barney Fife gets everything he deserves. Including Sued for violating her Civil rights.
This woman had pulled over and was asleep. She was not threatening any bicycle riders. She should have been arrested but punishment should have been left to the judge.
I, too, am all for horrific beatings of people who have not been convicted of a crime, whether they resist, or especially if they are compliant. NO act of physical barbarism is too great against those who are merely accused! Why, we should employ long torture sessions to people accused but not convicted of crimes! Make them walk through the Valley of Pain! Burn their flesh! Throw corrosive chemicals on them! If they have been accused, THEY MUST BE HORRIBLY TORTURED! KILL THEM! *KILL* *THEM*!!!!!1!!
The drunk driver was asleep by the side of the road. She was probably not going to crash into anybody.
...and that’s how they do things in Obama’s Chicago.
A cop breaking up a woman’s face when he has her alone in a cell, is not part of a justice system.
He knew all that. He also knew that he was not in trouble. Police now are transitioning into a force of Occupation in a hated hostile colony.
NO act of physical barbarism is too great against those who are merely accused! Why, we should employ long torture sessions to people accused but not convicted of crimes! Make them walk through the Valley of Pain! Burn their flesh! Throw corrosive chemicals on them!
How about slowly drawing out their intestines through a small incision? We can get around to a summary trial later after their remains are sent to the four corners as a warning to others that they should never get themselves accused!
“She wasnt driving. She was parked on the side of the road sleeping it off.
When the time comes, this cop has a bright future helping people get off of the trains. Or maybe hell just load them into the showers?”
I wonder if they still have the little drawing in children’s books, “The Policeman Is Your Friend”. Back in the day, just after the Earth had settled down to an oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere and I was a little kid, you could trust them. Really, these days, a five year old shouldn’t buy this.
They were accused. No punishment is too great.
I hate cops
“Pathetic what Law Enforcement has become.”
Cops in the USSA are morphing into jack-booted thugs.
It was noticeable before I left, around 12 years ago.
That indicated common sense on her part. She realized she was impaired. It does not excuse her offense but could be used in mitigation of it.
I have no tattoos, no swagger, don’t smoke or swear, never pack an attitude EVAR, and I was robbed by 2 uniformed cops in the Mission District in San Francisco.
Patted me down for no reason, then handed my wallet back to me after extracting the cash.
I’m still flabbergasted.
DO NOT TRUST COPS —this can happen to YOU, rest assured.
wouldn’t it be great if we could all had jobs where we could be brutal and inconsiderate to all the people we don’t like and then not have to worry about our boss? I should have been a cop.
I hate cops
I don’t hate cops. I know some good people who are cops.
I hate cowardly, thuggish, bullies regardless of their profession.
Corrected your comment for grammar and punctuation.
Took filing suit for anyone at gestapo headquarters to even acknowledge it.
He gets to work a LOT more closely with children (who he really reaally, reaaaaally loves) in his new job...
Police always have choices and while yours might sound good in theory, IMO the officer made the wrong choice this time. Woman asleep in her car, found to have been drinking; Take her keys, take her license away from her, send her away for treatment for 90 days, make sure her auto insurance carrier knows of the charges and then put a device on her car to prevent her driving in the future if she’s had anything to drink. But throw her in a cell like this? No way - nobody learned anything, she’s going to get a boat load of money from the city. Cop should be fired.
Sorry, some cops are CRIMINALS.
The NYC bike gang beating —5 cops were present and one was an active beating PARTICIPANT.
In Oakland California if you have a DOCUMENTED HISTORY of gang involvement it’s still OK for you to test, interview and accept a position as an armed, badged officer.
Ah, come to your house and get your cat out of the high tree..?!
TIMES HAVE CHANGED —> WAKE UP <—
By the way: if because of this, she doesn't get punished for DUI, and then she goes on to kill someone in a drunken accident, can we abuse this cop for making that accident possible?
"Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, was arrested March 10 and charged with DUI after police found her sleeping on the side of the road as she sat behind the wheel of her car."
"...charging around drunk..."
He probably shoved other arrestees similarly into the cells without causing the injury that occurred so he probably was surprised at what happened. The lady's light weight made her move with greater force than with a heavier prisoner. Not excusing the cop. He was at fault. But he probably didn't intend to cause the serious injury he did.
The data in the following table are taken from the Bureau of Justice Statistics Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2004 report; this is the most recent year for which these statistics are available. Numbers indicate the number of armed officers in each federal entity.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 27,705
Federal Bureau of Prisons 15,214
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12,242
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 10,399
U.S. Secret Service 4,769
Drug Enforcement Administration 4,400
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts 4,126
U.S. Marshals Service 3,233
U.S. Postal Inspection Service 2,976
Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation 2,777
Veterans Health Administration 2,423
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives 2,373
National Park Service 2,148
U.S. Capitol Police 1,535
Bureau of Diplomatic Security,
Diplomatic Security Service 825
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Division of Law Enforcement 708
USDA Forest Service,
Law Enforcement & Investigations 600
Pentagon Force Protection Agency 482
U.S. Mint 376
Department of Health and Human Services (IG) 374
Department of the Treasury, Tax Administration (IG) 330
Department of Defense (IG) 326
Bureau of Indian Affairs 320
Department of Energy 292
Social Security Administration (IG) 279
Bureau of Land Management 249
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 234
Department of Housing and Urban Development (IG) 213
Environmental Protection Agency 209
Food and Drug Administration 177
Department of Agriculture (IG) 170
Tennessee Valley Authority 168
Department of Labor (IG) 142
National Marine Fisheries Service 141
Department of Homeland Security (IG) 132
Department of Justice (IG) 128
U.S. Supreme Court 125
Department of Veterans Affairs (IG) 116
Library of Congress 116
Department of Transportation (IG) 108
Department of Education (IG) 97
Bureau of Industry and Security 90
National Institutes of Health 75
Federal Emergency Management Agency 63
Department of the Interior (IG) 57
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (IG) 54
Environmental Protection Agency (IG) 53
General Services Administration (IG) 50
Department of Energy (IG) 47
Government Printing Office 40
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (IG) 39
Small Business Administration (IG) 29
National Institute of Standards and Technology 28
National Zoological Park 28
Office of Personnel Management (IG) 27
Bureau of Reclamation 24
Department of State (IG) 18
Department of the Treasury (IG) 16
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (IG) 15
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (IG) 14
Agency for International Development (IG) 13
Department of Commerce (IG) 13
DHS Citizen and Immigration Services 9
Government Printing Office (IG) 7
Or, if not fired, have his weapons take away and put on permanent duty where he is only allowed to go through dumpsters on evidence searches. If he doesn’t like that he can retire.
He clearly over reacted to her unwillingness to pose for the mugshot. He escalated from there.
Breaking her face seems reasonable to you for sleeping in a parked car?
“Is your mommy a cop? Maybe you can suck a fart out of her ass.”
Is your IQ that far below room temp?
Document resume enhancement! I guess they consider being in a gang like doing a career-relevant internship.
Well, we have a legal system in this country. It’s not perfect, but anyone who doesn’t like it can move to Russia. it doesn’t include a cop physically punishing an unconvicted person.
I think you’d still get a better chance in Russia.
Now Cuba has a system similar, but perhaps milder, to Chicago. I guess Chicago is like Cuba without the cigars, rum and tropical climate!
seems like stanne ain’t coming back to this thread.
That speaks louder than the actual violence.
“A big man like that must have huge testicles.”
Here we just break their faces before we try them.