A Chicago, Illinois, woman has been awarded $875,000 in an excessive force case stemming from her arrest for driving under the influence in the village suburb of Skokie.
Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, was arrested in 2013 for driving under the influence, CBS Chicago reported. When she was placed into a cell, video footage (below) showed her being shoved so hard by Skokie Police Officer Michael Hart that she fell forward and hit her head on a concrete bench.
Feuerstein filed a civil rights lawsuit claiming excessive force. She suffered broken bones in her face that required a titanium plate be placed.
Officer Hart allegedly filed a false report saying Feuerstein resisted police to justify the shove.
In a 2013 press conference, Feuerstein noted that the officer's assault occurred right after she had her mug shot taken.
“Apparently I was not looking into the camera the way the officer wanted me to,” Feuerstein said, according to CBS Chicago.
Hart, who is no longer with the Skokie Police Department, pleaded guilty to official misconduct and was sentenced to two years probation, The Daily Mail reports.
Two settlements in the case were awarded to Feuerstein, totaling $875,000. They will be paid by the town of Skokie.
Feuerstein pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to one year of supervision. The charge of resisting arrest she faced was dismissed by prosecutors.