A Chicago woman arrested for a DUI was seriously injured after allegedly being shoved by a police officer headfirst into a jail cell bench.
Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, was arrested March 10 by the Skokie Police Department after officers found her vehicle pulled over on the side of the road while she was asleep behind the wheel, NBC Chicago reported.
In a video released Wednesday by Feuerstein's attorney, Torreya Hamilton, an officer can be seen acting with what he said is excessive force.
Feuerstein allegedly asked to call her husband and children. Officer Michael Hart called her out of the cell. Less than 10 seconds later, the video shows Hart launching the woman back into the cell where she hits the bench face-first.
The 110-pound woman can be seen collapsed on the floor, her face bruised, bloodied, and allegedly broken in several places. Hart walks over to her briefly before turning around.
"He was not apologetic at all," Hamilton says about Hart in the video.
Two officers then help Feuerstein. A male officer helps her sit up and cradles her as a female officer works to stop the bleeding from her nose.
"The video speaks for itself," Hamilton told the Chicago Tribune. "She does nothing to justify what this male police officer does."
Feuerstein said several bones were shattered in her face, and she required reconstructive surgery and a titanium plate in her cheek. Photos taken show her battered face and blood-red eye.
"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," Hamilton told My Fox Chicago.
Hart filed a complaint against Feuerstein for resisting a peace officer. Those charges were later dismissed after Cook County prosecutors reviewed the evidence. Feuerstein pleaded guilty to drunk driving.
Hart is still employed and has not been charged with a crime.