WATCH: Cop Throws Woman Into Concrete Bench, Shattering Her Face

A Chicago woman, Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, is suing the town of Skokie, Illinois, claiming she was a victim of police brutality, reports CBS Chicago.

The above CCTV video shows Feuerstein just after being arrested for DUI in March 2013. After asking an officer if she can call her husband, she is removed from the cell for a few seconds. Then, at the 1:50 mark in the video, Feuerstein — who weighs 110 pounds — is shown being flung, face-first, into a concrete bench in the cell.


The lawsuit claims the incident caused shattered bones in Feuerstein’s face and that she required reconstructive surgery.


According to the Chicago Tribune:

A Cook County court document filed by police said Feuerstein “knowingly resisted — in that she pulled away from (the officer) and placed both her hands on the sides of the cell door all in an attempt to not be placed into the holding cell.”

But her lawyer, Torri Hamilton, tells MyFoxChicago:

She was compliant, she was doing as she was told. What she was really concerned about and the thing she was most upset about that she wanted to call her children to let them know she was okay, because she wasn’t home. … I think when you look at this and you see the video which we are so fortunate to have, I think what you see is this is like the cowardly act of a bully.

The lawsuit names Officer Michael Hart as the man who caused Feuerstein’s injuries. The Chicago Tribune reports 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.”

The 2010 annual Skokie Police Department report lists an Officer Michael Hart as a member of the Honor Guard — described as officers who “volunteer their time and devote many hours training to perfect their performance”:

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There’s a petition on calling on the Skokie Police Department to arrest Hart:

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A Facebook page for a Michael Hart, cited by a commenter on this article as being the page of the officer in question, has been removed. We have no confirmation that it was indeed the same Michael Hart, though his profile picture shows a police officer in a cruiser:

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According to this police log:

On March 10, while on patrol, officers arrested Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, 2420 West Greenleaf, Chicago, for improper parking, no valid insurance, driving under the influence of alcohol and obstructing and resisting a police officer.

She pleaded guilty to DUI; the resisting arrest charge was dropped.

Below are screenshots from the video.

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“toes down, arms on the doorframe, i see resisting and an accident. Leave the guy alone” Dood, that is a 110 lbs woman. Excessive force was used that caused a severe injury. I know that you most likely are a pig yourself.. In a civil matter the cop did not need  to  propel her in to a concrete bench. Accident or not the police is responsible for the injury. It was mishandled and the authorities committed a tortious act.


asdfsaf turdburglar ЭстебанСан-Мартин She wasn’t trying to break free from the cops and run away, she was trying to contact her family. She was drunk; it’s not like she was capable of the best judgement. Yes, she got arrested for driving while under the influence and could have seriously injured someone, but that’s between her and her conscious. The fact of the matter is, her senses were impaired. This “bitch” didn’t do “it” to herself; the cops shouldn’t have shoved her around like that. It’s not like she was some rapist or killer threatening to kill someone’s family in the night or some shit like that. But then again, I’m pretty sure arguing with some narrow-minded misogynist asshole like yourself won’t do anyone much good, will it?


MarkAyres turdburglar ЭстебанСан-МартинAre you fucking twelve? I only ask because your reasoning skills and limited vocabulary seem to suggest that that’s the case. Sure she was driving drunk and could have seriously injured someone, but that’s between her and her conscious. She could not think properly. But if you’re going to say that having your face smashed in by some cop is an appropriate punishment for that then you have some serious morality issues. It’s not like the cop was infuriated by her recklessness and threw her against the wall to teach her a lesson. I can imagine they see hundreds of DUI cases a week and that those people don’t come out of the jail cell with their faces fucked up like she did. 
But, no matter. Obviously, if you’re so enraged by sympathetic comments in an article about police brutality that you say “I hope some one in your family is killed by a drunk driver”, then maybe your problems lie elsewhere, such as your personal life or lack of education. Or, if you are really twelve, then I hope to God that someone helps you overcome that problem with ignorance you’re having before you go into the real world.


This man should be charged and fired from his job.  There is really something wrong with his head


By law she has the right to a phone call…There was no need for him to be such a jerk. He had an attitude just before they left with her after getting her picture taken. There was no call for this and he should be fired. I hope she is awarded her law suit!


RaveenaPhilbeck You are dumb. The phone call is not a right it is a privilege. If she would of followed the orders of the officer she would of had her phone call, but she didn’t. So by her not following orders she was sent back to the holding cell. By her putting her hands on the door frame she was resisting. no cop or jail officer or even you, is going to want to stand there for half an hour and say, ” Please ma’am, put our hands down”. Because of what she did she got hurt. her fault and her fault alone. You all can come back at me and say that he shouldn’t of pushed her so hard. well, she shouldn’t of broke whatever law she broke. maybe next time she wants to go out and drink and drive maybe she and all of you should think, ” Hey, if I do this will a cop break my face”, and the answer is… yes they will because you have it coming.


Yes, because intoxicated people are known for their ability for rational thought. You’re a moron. He had her arms down. He could have moved her into the cell and closed the door in 10 seconds. Instead he chose to break her face. You’re defending a guy who gets off shoving women around.


That’s the dumbest excuse I have ever read. Ready? To break a person face for what? Her hands on the door? He could of made a better point than pushed her face to a cement seat.


PaulBaumeister  I bet you are a correctional officers that will bend over backwards to give an inmate whatever they want to make your job easier. If an inmate gives you any resistance I bet you let them push you and push you till you give in.


ЭстебанСан-Мартин Another dumb ass who was dropped on his head as a Baby by his Momma.


chase PaulBaumeister 
Chase.. did your Momma or Dadda drop you on your head as a baby? Why you don’t try sticking your head up your ASS and see if it FITS? You and your dumb ass BANK name.


This THUG who did this needs to charged and fired immediately.. I can’t there are some trolls actually defending this guy!!! I mean, it’s only like 1%.. but, still flabbergasting!! I appreciate the fact Paul that you handle your job as a professional.. unlike this Idiot HART.


After watching the video it seems like from the time he forcibly grabbed her from outside the cell he was being a big bully. Sad that they put on these uniforms and think they are gods! He should be fired. Can’t trust a man to protect us if he abuses his power and causes severe harm. Next time he might just shoot first and make up his own story.


God Bless the one officer who came to her aid. He immediately cradled her head like a baby. See, there are a few, and I mean few good cops out here! May he be reconized for shielding her with his body the entire time. May this POS Hart go to hell!!! Makes us look so bad!!!


This DISCUSTING POS Cop should have been arrested for attempted MURDER!!! OMG this is an example of the Police brutality that has existed for years. Now we really get to see the abuse of power by the Police in regards to racism.

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