Skokie police officer charged in alleged brutality incident
A Skokie police officer is facing felony criminal charges in connection with alleged brutality incident.
Police in the north suburb arrested 47-year-old Cassandra Feuerstein for DUI in March.
Surveillance video appears to show an officer, taking the woman by the arm and shoving her back into a cell.
Her face hit a bench and Feuerstein says she needed to undergo facial reconstructive surgery as a result.
The Skokie officer in the video 43-year-old Michael Hart, plead not guilty to felony aggravated battery and official misconduct charges. He said little after his release on $75,000 dollar bond today.
State’s attorney Anita Alvarez says officer Hart was upset because Feuerstein ignored his orders during processing.
Fuerstein suffered facial fractures in the incident. She had a titanium plate inserted into her cheek and required reconstructive surgery for her injuries according to the state’s attorney’s office.
Officer Hart’s attorney admitted to only seeing this small portion of the jail video but he is convinced the raw footage will prove his client is innocent.
Hart has been a a full time Skokie police officer since 1994.
He is scheduled in appear in bond court in Chicago next month.