Woman sues Skokie and officer, citing injury after DUI arrest
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT
A 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 winter.
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.”
Part 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.”
In 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.