Newly released surveillance video shows Chicago police officers assaulting and hurling racially charged threats at a salon manager of Chinese descent.
Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek is a 32-year-old salon manager and naturalized citizen, originally from China. The incident occurred after an undercover officer was allegedly offered sex by a massage therapist, and in the video, police officers enter the store to arrest Klyzek.
“You’re not fucking American!” said one officer. “I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the fuck you came from!”
“I’m a citizen, OK?” responded Klyzek.
“No you’re not! No, you’re not a citizen! No, you’re not! No, you’re not!” insisted the cop. “You’re here on our borrowed time. So mind your fucking business before I shut this whole fucking place down. And I’ll take this place and then whoever owns it will fucking kill you because they don’t care about you, OK? I’ll take this building. You’ll be dead and your family will be dead.”
Klyzek’s lawyer says that in addition to being verbally berated, the woman was physically assaulted by the officers.
“One of the police officers strikes her in the head from behind while she's handcuffed behind her back and subdued," said attorney Torreya Hamilton. "They are treating her like she is less than a human being."
Now, Klyzek has filed a federal lawsuit against the city, and the accusations against the officers go further, alleging that they tried to locate the video footage so that there wasn’t any evidence against them.
Since the surveillance video was released and the lawsuit was filed, police spokesman Adam Collins issued a statement condemning the officers for their actions.
“The alleged conduct and comments are reprehensible and completely intolerable in our police department,” said Collins in the statement. “We have codes of conduct that apply to officers and if the allegations are proven accurate, appropriate action will be taken."
Police reportedly attempted to charge Klyzek with aggravated battery two different times, but on both occasions, the charges were dropped.