VIDEO from Skokie jail [WARNING GRAPHIC]: Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, of Chicago, has sued the Village of Skokie and one of its police officers, alleging she was seriously injured after being shoved headfirst into a concrete jail cell bench in Jail #5 last March 2013.
Cassandra Feuerstein, age 47 of Chicago, was arrested for drunken driving March 10, 2013 according to her attorney Torreya Hamilton. The video shows officers searching Feuerstein inside the jail cell, where she appears to be asked to remove her boots and bra (under her shirt) before she cooperates and walks from the cell for a mug shot and other processing. She appears to stagger slightly as she exits the cell.
In another view from another caaera, the video shows Feuerstein, apparently having trouble following directions to look straight ahead into the camera. She appears to mistake the “look straight ahead” command with looking straight at the police officer, which can be common in cognitively impaired state. The male police officer tell Feuerstein to look into the camera.
Then it appears that the male police officer abruptly pulls her by the arm and returns Feuerstein to the jail cell. Once entering the doorway he shoves her violently with both hands, which causes her to stumble head first into a concrete bench. Blood immediately pours from Feuerstein’s face onto the floor. Another male police officer and a female officer help the victim after the male officer that shoved her wipes up the blood off of the floor. Paramedics arrive a short time later.
Cassandra Feuerstein’s injuries required reconstructive surgery and the insertion of a titanium plate to replace facial bones that were shattered.
The police officer is still an employee with the Village of Skokie.
Video showing injuries allegedly sustained from violent shove by Skokie police officer.
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