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Cassandra Feuerstein sues village of Skokie after suffering injuries in holding cell

Cassandra Feuerstein in a holding cell CBS Chicago

(CBS) CHICAGO - A Chicago woman claims that a Skokie officer used excessive force when he arrested her, causing severe injuries to her face, according to CBS Chicago.

Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, reportedly admits that she was driving drunk when office Michael Hart stopped her, but says his excessive force was unnecessary.

Feuerstein claims the officer shoved her into a concrete bench, resulting in broken bones in her face that required surgery and a titanium plate.

The alleged incident was caught on video and it shows Feuerstein being pushed into the cell. The woman reportedly says Hart filed a false report claiming she resisted authorities in order to justify shoving her. Cook County prosecutors reportedly dismissed those charges later.

Feuerstein was allegedly taken out of the cell to take a mug shot before the shove happened.

"Apparently I was not looking into the camera the way the officer wanted me to," she said.

The damages Feursteing seeks haven't been specified, according to the station.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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