Woman sues Skokie and officer, citing injury after DUI arrest
Says reconstructive surgery was needed
October 10, 2013|By Juan Perez Jr | Tribune reporter
photo supplied by attorney Torreya L. Hamilton shows Cassandra
Feuerstein, 47, of Chicago, with injuries she says were caused by Skokie
Chicago woman has sued the village of Skokie and one of its police
officers, alleging she was seriously injured after being shoved
headfirst into a jail cell bench after a drunken driving arrest last
Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, said in a federal lawsuit that
the incident required facial reconstructive surgery and the insertion of
a titanium plate to "replace the bones that had been shattered."
of the alleged incident was recorded on jail video cameras, which
Feuerstein's attorney, Torreya Hamilton, released Wednesday.
"The video speaks for itself," Hamilton said. "She does nothing to justify what this male police officer does."
a written statement released today, Village Manager Albert Rigoni said
the village has “deep concern for Ms. Cassandra Feuerstein’s injuries
that occurred at the Skokie Police Station.” The statement said that an
officer involved has been placed on station duty, with no contact with
the public, while both the village and the state’s attorney investigate.
was arrested for drunken driving March 10, according to Hamilton and
court documents. The video shows officers searching Feuerstein inside
the jail cell, where she appears to be asked to remove her boots and bra
before being removed from the cell for additional processing.
officer then takes Feuerstein by the arm and appears to push her back
into the cell. Video shows Feuerstein falling forward and striking her
head and face on a bench, before officers and paramedics tend to her as a
pool of blood spreads on the floor.
"If this was a tavern fight, which of course it wasn't, it'd be like she got sucker-punched," Hamilton said.
addition to a drunken driving charge, Feuerstein was charged with
resisting a police officer. A Cook County court document filed by police
said 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."
also alleges the officer made false statements to others in the Skokie
Police Department about why he pushed Feuerstein into the jail cell,
causing his fellow officers to write false reports on the incident.
pleaded guilty to the DUI charge, but county officials dropped the
resisting arrest charges. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of
The village said other officers who were present at the
time of the alleged incident, both male and female, have been
interviewed and “treated Ms. Feuerstein with professionalism and
The village values the police department’s “high
professional standards and reputation and is deeply concerned about this
isolated incident,” the statement continued. “… The Village of Skokie
is committed to reaching a full resolution in this matter.”email@example.com
Edited by tatee - Oct 15 2013 at 6:52am