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Alleged police brutality incident in Skokie

A Chicago woman is suing Skokie and one of its police officer’s for brutality.

Cassandra Feuerstein was arrested for allegedly driving drunk, back in March.

She claims surveillance video shows the officer unnecessarily shoving her into the jail cell resulting in a head injury that required facial reconstructive surgery.

Now, an officer — Michael Hart of Gurnee – is facing felony criminal charges in connection with the incident.
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A former Skokie police officer pleads not guilty to excessive force charges this morning.

Michael Hart is accused of shoving Cassandra Feuerstein into a jail cell. She was arrested for a DUI in March. When Hart allegedly pushed her, her face hit a bench.

She needed to undergo facial reconstructive surgery, and suffers from vision and dental problems.

Ge resigned from the force last month.

 

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.

A community activist group expressed outrage on Friday over an alleged police brutality case in Skokie. The incident was captured on jailhouse video.

Cassandra Feuerstein was arrested for a DUI back in March. Surveillance video shows an officer take her by the arm, and apparently shove her back into a cell. She goes face-first into a bench.

She filed a lawsuit. In it, she claims her injuries required facial reconstructive surgery and the insertion of a titanium plate. She also says the officer made false statements about why he shoved her. Police filed a court document, and argued she resisted the officer.

The Chicago Alliance against Racist and Political Oppression is outraged the officer hasn’t been fired.

“This police officer has clearly violated the law. He must be held accountable for his actions,” said Mark Clements, a community activist.

The group delivered letters to Skokie’s police chief, mayor, and the Cook County Board.

It says if the officer isn’t fired within 30 days, then it will hold a large rally.

The officer hasn’t been charged, so their name has not been released.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

A Chicago woman is suing Skokie and one of its police officer’s for brutality.

Cassandra Feuerstein was arrested for allegedly driving drunk, back in March.

Now she’s claiming police video shows the officer unnecessarily shoving her into the jail cell resulting in a head injury that required facial reconstructive surgery.

The suit also alleges that police made false statements and claimed she resisted being put in the cell.

Skokie officials have not commented on the lawsuit.

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