Another Appalling Case of Police Abuse

Jonathan Turley highlights yet another case of appalling police abuse, this time in Skokie, Illinois where a police officer hurled a woman in custody into a concrete bench so hard that blood immediately came gushing out. The video is very disturbing, as are the still pictures of her face. Naturally, the officer then tried to blame her for it.

A police report says that Feuerstein was not looking at the camera when being processed and then charged her with resisting arrest while being brought back to the cell. The subsequent charge raises obvious concerns. We have previously seen where, after an abusive arrest or seizure of property, police will add charges against the alleged victim. Notably, in this case, the State’s Attorney later dropped the resisting arrest charges and Feuerstein pleaded guilty to drunk driving. What is not clear is if the prosecutors saw this video and failed to take any actions. There is no report of any discipline for the officers.

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.

Of course they weren’t charged. There’s a lawsuit coming, I’m sure. This has become incredibly repetitive.

8 comments on this post.
  1. Modusoperandi:

    How come you never have adorable cases of police abuse, like Officer Baby Panda sneezing?

  2. cry4turtles:

    Definitely check out the vid on this. It’s quite shocking!

  3. zero6ix:

    The interplay between the two cops at the photo station speaks volumes. Officer Lady is all “Hold up, we can still take the picture, calm your shit!” and Officer Gentlepush is all “Eff that noise, we got ourselves a rabblerouser who has some very nice face bones. Shame if anything were to happen to them.” Then later, Gentlepush is all “Oh no! I broke her face bones! Quick, say she was resisting arrest while she was already under arrest so I won’t get in trouble for breaking all her face bones because I was annoyed with a hundred pound drunk that wasn’t looking at the camera!”

    I still totally trust the police, bee-tee-dubs.

  4. grumpyoldfart:

    Land of the free. Home of the brave.

  5. sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d:

    No violence involved, but in the UK police officers forced a cabinet minister to resign.
    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/oct/15/plebgate-officers-disciplinary-hearing-ipcc-andrew-mitchell

  6. coffeecat:

    This sounds very similar to a recent CT case. Meriden police chief’s officer son pushed a drunk man into a cell, where the man was knocked unconscious when his head hit the concrete bench. Fortunately, he survived and the cop was recently convicted and sentenced to more than a year in prison.

  7. lochaber:

    well, I’m not surprised to hear this, but seeing the vid/pics is still shocking.

    On a side note, I’ve heard that if you simply flinching when a cop makes a grab for your arm is considered ‘resisting arrest’, and some cops will intentionally trigger the flinch reflex in order to bump a crime up to being considered ‘violent’, or a felony, and it’s one of the ways they can get some heavy charges on protesters.

    Also, I’m surprised there wasn’t some equipment ‘malfunction’ that night that erased all the tapes…

  8. danrobinson:

    I’ve believed for a long time that police are just another criminal gang but with a license to get away with anything.
    Anything.
    Violence including murder and all kinds of assault. Planting evidence.
    They are absolutely no better than any organized criminal gang except the criminals usually will leave alone people who don’t get in their way.
    This stuff bothers me more than almost anything else I see on blogs I follow. Maybe because it can happen to any innocent person and once you are in the clutches of this gang you have no defense.
    It frightens me.
    Fear and loathing in Skokie.
    I live very near Skokie, Ill. I guess I’ll stay out of there.

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