The manager of a tanning salon in the Noble Square neighborhood is suing the City of Chicago and ten police officers for excessive force, a hate crime and an alleged cover-up, and it was captured on surveillance video.
32-year-old Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek was working at Copper Tan and Spa, at 1052 N. Milwaukee Ave. last summer when police raided the salon; they said an employee offered a sex act to an undercover officer.
The surveillance video appears to show one officer hitting Klyzek in the back of the head as she kneeled on the floor in handcuffs; another officer is heard making profane, racially charged comments to Klyzek.
Klyzek is Chinese-American and a naturalized U.S. citizen; but the officer told her, “You’re not f—— American!” He threatened to shut the business down, take over the building, and have Klyzek and her family killed.
The police accused Klyzek of aggravated battery, but the charges were dropped when the video surfaced.
A police department spokesman says, if the videotape is verified, Klyzek’s treatment by the police was “reprehensible” and “completely intolerable.”
The spokesman says the department’s Independent Review Authority is investigating the case.