A Davenport woman admits to being agitated during an arrest for shoplifting in February, but says she didn't do anything that warranted getting punched in the head multiple times by a Davenport police officer.

An attorney for Brandie Redell, 34, sent a letter to the city dated July 24 stating he was representing her in an action against the city. Redell, in an interview Tuesday, said a lawsuit is pending.

The incident was first reported by Chicago-area media Monday night and Tuesday, including by the Better Government Association and NBC5 News. The television station also broadcast a video of the incident and posted the video on its website.

In the video, a Davenport police officer can be seen using his fists to strike a woman as they scuffled on the floor.

Redell admitted in an interview Tuesday with the Quad-City Times that she was guilty of the shoplifting and another theft in April for which she will be sentenced later this month. Redell, who said she struggles with mental health issues, also has had other similar brushes with the law and says the Feb. 18 incident that left her with a swollen right eye is the only time police used aggressive tactics.

She says she has 30 percent vision in her right eye, and she is troubled by mental images that remain from the incident. Her 1-year-old daughter was with her during the arrest and wasn't harmed.

"I'm grateful; she is too young to let this stick," she said.

She filed a complaint against Officer Scott Crow regarding the Feb. 18 incident at the Von Maur store at NorthPark Mall. An internal investigation by the police showed the officer violated department policy, and he was disciplined. A police report of the incident stated the officer struck her three times, but Redell said she and her defense attorney reviewed the video and counted four strikes to her.

Police Chief Frank Donchez declined to comment, saying that as an internal affairs matter, it was a personnel issue. He also declined to say what the specific violation was or what disciplinary action was taken.

A Von Maur store manager declined to comment about the incident, which occurred in the store's security area, referring comment to Davenport police.

According to the police report, Redell was belligerent, aggressive and profane. The officer went to subdue her, using a pressure point behind her ears. A finger was close to the woman's mouth, and she bit him. At that time, he wrote, he punched her twice in the side of the head to free his finger. He added another punch to allow another officer to handcuff the woman.

Redell was charged with stealing $338 worth of merchandise in the incident, although she said she took only one item, a dress. In the April incident at the Walmart on Elmore Avenue in Davenport, she is accused of stealing 36 items valued at $254, according to court documents. Redell understands that she could go to prison when she is sentenced on Aug. 23.

Redell said she was "dumbfounded" by the police description of the incident but admitted she was emotional at the time and did bite Crow. She had no idea the incident was being recorded.

"We weren't jiving," she said of her and the officer. "I was pretty agitated myself."

Although not officially notified of the punishment meted out to the police officer, she knows he remains on the job.

"I can't believe he is still an officer," she said.

Redell received a letter in February stating her complaint against the officer was upheld. She contacted attorneys in the area but said none was interested in taking up her case. Her boyfriend knows David Lowery, a civil rights activist from Davenport who runs the Living and Driving While Black Foundation in Chicago, which advocates against police profiling and brutality.

Lowery put Redell in touch with an attorney and also provided the police report and letter affirming the complaint to the Better Government Association, which has a partnership with Chicago media outlets to investigate allegations of local government abuses.

"The Better Government Association doesn't usually shine a light on government in other states," Better Government Association president and CEO Andy Shaw said.

"But it's important to support whistleblowers like the Chicago activist who gave us the altercation video by taking their findings seriously, and — given Chicago's sorry history — to demand that police officers who allegedly use excessive force on suspects be held accountable."

Lowery pledges that the complaint and the subsequent lawsuit are just the tip of the iceberg.

"This is not just the only complaint to go to the Justice Department," he said declining to elaborate. "Moline, Rock Island, Davenport and Bettendorf all face complaints. Now is the time to step up and do what needs to be done."

(157) comments

memyselfandi

If this were a black woman caught for shoplifting we wouldn't even know about her charges we would just be hearing about how black wives matter and they would be rallying around the courthouse to set her free or get her court cost in attorney fees paid.

NZ1991

Although the police overreacted, I have little sympathy for this multiple offender. She admits to having mental problems and other brushes with the law. That being said, did anyone catch the fact that she has a 1 year old? I love how the kid was with her when she was shoplifting and arrested... I'm sure the father was not available to babysit. I really wish the officer withheld from using excessive force because it would be much more likely a family court would have interfered with this case. Hopefully she doesn't get too big of a settlement from the taxpayers... we can only imagine what that might be spent on.

Bobby Vee

People: The lawsuit is not a criminal case. The officer was disciplined, not charged with a crime.His punishment has been administered. A verbal warning or losing a day's vacation, we will never know. I hope this goes away. The police can still charge her with felony assault on a police officer.

aqua23

Davenport may pay her off, but if I was on the jury I wouldn't give her a dine. She said she has mental problems, you got that right.
I have watched the video more than once, what I see is the woman leaning forward like she is about to jump out of her set and then sitting back. Right before the officer walks over to her she did this again and seem to be yelling have a nice day officer and then leaning over as the officer walked over to her and he pushed her down.

By her own words she said " I bit him to get him off me." Another sign of mental problem. She doesn't say I bit him to make him stop hitting me. Her mouth caused him to walk over to handcuff her and her bitting him caused him to hit her to free himself from her making a meal out of his finger. The officer could have lost his finger, so I don't blame him for hitting her, he may have hit her a couple of times more than needed, but he was in pain. I don't know why the dept did anything to him. Maybe anger management class, so he can learn how to take more abuse from crazy people like these two looking for the big score.

This woman claim she is suing because her civil rights were violated " from the CBS report "
Also " asked if she thought the race of her boyfriend has something to do with the incident, she said " Yes I do " because I don't think the police were thrilled that a white woman was calling a old 66 year old black man for help. Yet another sign of mental problems. Heaven help that poor baby with these two as her parents. Isn't he married to another woman??

This woman had clothes she had stolen from Younker's and Dillards when she was arrested for stealing in Von Maur. Booster huh? Just think of all of the stuff she has gotten away with, I guess it takes a lot of money when no one works. I hope they send her butt away for a long time this time, using her baby to help her steal.

Just two months after getting her butt beat she is caught stealing yet again. She is a useless piece of waste on tax payers. She cost the stores and the courts, what a waste.

Her lawyer may be from Chicago, but it's up to the people of Davenport if you pay her a dine. I say you have paid her enough already, it's people like her that cause working people to pay higher prices for what we buy to make up for what she stole.

Her only injury is one black eye, oh yes 70% lose of vision, that's pretty easy to fake, no doctor I can't see that. I saw him hit her with both fist, why not two black eyes??? Pretty good aim to get that one eye 2-3-4 times with two fist laying down. I think she fail over on her cell phone that was glued to the right side of her head. If he hit her that hard it seems like her whole face would have been more of a mess than it is.

Don't steal in the first place and comply when asked by a police officer to do so, never fight, try to grab his leg and most of all never bit a officer. I hope the courts end your stealing.

Bette Krocker

I agree totally with you. She will be back stealing again. I hope this goes to a jury trial, and the officers are found innocent. Thank you DPD for protecting us.

ttdad

Someone bites my finger and they would be lucky to get just a grow shots to the head.

freesenior

Mission Accomplished. Community is riled, venting and drawing conclusions. Thats fine, but this will be best resolved in court, if it ever gets to one.

Terry W

ALL Officers are paid by US taxpayers to not abuse their authority.........period.........and this one CLEARLY attacked her as she was sitting there.........running her mouth or not.........and HE smarted off about her child's father.............so WHO provoked WHO with their mouth........from the looks of the video HE started it........and he obviously is a hot head that can't control his actions, therefore should NOT be trusted to carry out the duties that an honorable Police Officer is sworn to do. Bet this hot head is a real joy to live with. He needs to be GONE!!!

John Rambo

Well if it makes you feel better, think of it as only my taxes paying for this officer's salary. Since that would make me his boss, I am fine with his actions. She is a worthless cancer to society and doesn't deserve the same considerations that a law-abiding citizen would deserve. Heck, Being Officer Crow's boss and all, I think I'll give him a raise!

RyanB

Obviously you have inside information, how else would you know he insulted her boyfriend? Oops? So you're input isn't valid..... Next! Oh, and she didn't get what she deserved, she deserved a bigger beating....

Terry W

Ryan B...........guess you are not smart enough to have heard all the facts of the case......it is common knowledge that he made the smart remark about her boyfriend.....so there goes your theory on the inside story. Again.......all you idiots who think this is a good cop for doing this......you have the same mentality as him........IGNORANT!!

mendelmen

I saw that the PD is hiring. Should be a record number of applicants this time if all the keyboard cowboys apply.

just curious

The one good thing that can emerge from all the press coverage from this "event" is her picture should now be well-known to businesses so that if she walks into a store an employee can be beside her every minute to discourage any more shoplifting. Keep showing those pictures.

sikofit

The cop was definitely out of line, no doubting of that, but something to keep in mind, this is just a very short part of the video taken that day of the encounter. I am hoping for the rest of it to be released in its entirety so we can all see what a fine upstanding citizen this woman really was on that day.

Again. The Officer should NOT have stricken than woman no matter how she was acting towards and treating the officers, but she is by no means little miss innocent, and it would not surprise me if the CA did not end up bringing additional charges on her as well.

Mamaofthree

I am formerly from Davenport and saw this story and video air on national news on HLN yesterday. I couldn't believe when I saw it happened in Davenport, so of course I paid full attention. People may lie, but videos don't. To me, the officer clearly was mad and took out his frustrations on her. I was appalled at his actions and couldn't believe what I was seeing! Sure would like to know what type of "discipline" the officer received.....

Terry W

You people on here who believe she got what she deserved are pretty ignorant to the fact that a cop has NO BUSINESS doing this.........he should be fired and if the Chief wants to defend him he should be fired right along with him. You should be ashamed to defend someone who has done this. As far as her biting him.........well seriously......that was AS he was attacking her. I come from a family of Police Officers AND Fire Fighters.........and NONE of them would defend these actions. You that do have no morals yourself obviously to defend this assault on her. Funny how people all around the United States are appalled at this yet the good old people right here think it is acceptable. Sickening........and as I write this, the office of the State Attorney in Des Moines is saying they will bring up charges if Davenport does not........that this is "unbecoming behavior of an officer" and will NOT be tolerated. GOOD FOR THEM!!!!!!

Mamaofthree

FULLY agree with your comment! Thanks!

A in Pa
A in Pa

Now, because of his assult the good citizens of Davenport will probably be paying out for a big law suit. All because officer "Beat down" wanted to throw a temper tantrum instead of just doing his job. Now the she'll get a big paycheck and the smug satification of being one up on the police. Way to go officer, that was one expensive tantrum.

A in Pa
A in Pa

And that my friends is why Police are supposed to be professional, so they don't gain sympathy for the crimanls by abusing them while being questioned, detained or in custody. So they don't bring down litiagation on the police dept., and so they cause lawsuits from the criminals. What a mess from what should have been a simple charge to make.

Hawksfan23

And after she blows that paycheck on meth, she'll be right back out stealing again, being the scourge on society she is now. There are no winners in this case.

SOBEIT

Wow! I have not read or heard anything on the news about meth being involved in this case what so ever!

John Rambo

It's pretty obvious by her actions, and being such an upstanding citizen in the community that drugs are highly likely to be part of her daily routine. It might not specifically be meth, but something has turned her into the law-abiding tax payer's worst nightmare. A chronic system abuser...

Wonderman

Everyones quick to blame police when something like this happens and say everyone should be fired and blah, blah, blah... first of all lets look at this person, if she didn't commit the crime we'd have nothing to talk about here, so the root cause is her actions lead to the end result. secondly, for all you people out there that like to talk down the police, walk a mile in their shoe's, if you can do better apply for the job and deal with people like this lady every day and lets see how you fare dealing with people like this day in and day out. I'd imagine all the people complaining about this are the same people that complain when a habitual offender isn't in jail and commit's another crime, problem we have in this country is there is no real deterent to not stealing, if there was this person would already be in jail, in other countries they cut your hand off for stealing, when I was in the Marines you'd get this same beat down by your fellow troop's and then get taken to jail, fact of the matter is, if there were more beat downs like this maybe there'd be less crime...

timely

AGREE! and if you watch the WHOLE tape you will see he was having a conversation with her for minutes before something was said that he walked over there. People are making it out to be like he charged at her like a hungry hippo and ate her up. Clearly words were exchanged, it could have been her saying she wasnt going to comply and he went over to cuff her and she put up a fight. The whole tape shows him trying to get a hold of her for at least 15 seconds before the blows were handed out.

Give me Liberty

I have an honest question about this situation. Is shoplifting an offense where a citation is issued or is it the type where the person will be detained?

1of3

Normally the person is arrested and taken to jail.

Give me Liberty

I went back rewatched the tape several times. well at least this version:"http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/davenport-iowa-police-beating-peraica-218422791.html"... I didn't notice before, but the officer pretty clearly swings with his left arm twice and then with his right arm twice. How could he hit her with both hands if he is doing it to get her to stop biting him on the finger? I don't doubt she bit him, but he wasn't simply trying to get her to stop as both hands were CLEARLY free at 20 seconds into the video when he throws 2 left hooks.

1of3

I noticed the same thing Liberty. Obviously both hands were free if he was able to punch her using both hands.

Rhiannone

I also really wonder if and when Officer Crow encounters a call with a female who's been beaten by a male, whose side will he be more likely to take? The victim's - or the abuser??? Shoplifters are the scum of the earth and those who take their children along are lower than that even. But that amount of violence was excessive, particularly with a child in the immediate vicinity.

Rhiannone

Awesome. Due to the actions of one bad apple with apparent anger management (and violence towards women) issues, a common thief probably is going to become a multimillionaire and is already some sort of bizarre superheroine. Seems like the woman has a stealing problem so I won't be surprised to see her charged for shoplifting again sometime down the road. Any scum that will steal while her children are with her pretty much is the bottom of the barrel. As for the officer, I'm not sure I'd want him handling a domestic violence call that involves violence against women. Having exhibited these tendencies himself, not sure how sympathetic or helpful he'd be to a DV victim.

timely

Shes basically being praised for being a shoplifter, will get money out of it and go right back to her ways.

Give me Liberty

She has basically been praised? It seems there is some misunderstanding here. I haven't read a single comment even remotely supporting her stealing (especially considering having her child present). There is however some controversy about whether her getting punched in the face repeatedly was warranted.

finch

I think he has issues with people biting off his finger, not women.

iowalittledog

Don't fight them bit them. That way you can take a bite out of crime.

Herky
Herky

All you bleeding hearts coming to the defense of this women, and I use that term loosely, you need to see the entire unedited/unaltered video. It shows a completely different scenario than what the media is leading to believe. Kudos to the DPD and every other officer that goes out there each day knowing that it may be their last. Thank you for dealing with the scum of society each day so that we can live in a safer place. Shame on the media for blowing this way out of proportion and editing the videos to make it look so much worse and totally different than what really happened.

RyanB

Sometimes I start to think our society is coming around, then I come here.... She was wrong when she didn't comply fully, then she was wrong when she bit him. She got what was coming to her. Well done officer Crow! With the garbage these guys deal with every single day, if they show any sign of weakness, the garbage will over run you. Deal with garbage with a heavy hand

timely

I agree! As an officer of the law you don’t know who you are dealing with and must keep yourself on point at all times. With no audio, you cannot tell if he has asked her repeatedly to stand up, or get off her phone. That very well could have happened and she wouldn’t comply so he went to forcefully stand her up and in that time she could have thrown herself down, or hit her face on the floor. Its these people who want their "story" out there to play innocent. Sorry but I work for a living and I for one don’t enjoy watching others steal instead of getting a real job and earning their wants in life. Yes, the officer may have used a bit more force than needed but when you deal with Davenports finest who clearly don’t learn their lesson, it gets old.

QC Native now in GA

Illinois Pam, the video is now available. The Davenport Officer that the shoplifter yelled something at, probably an obscenity, commits the crimes of Assault and Battery. There was no need to jump on that woman and pummel her. She wasn't going anywhere. She did not assault or fight the officer until she was physically attacked. No matter what crime she committed, she has a cause of action against the city. The officer should be fired. As someone else pointed out, having a bad day does not excuse violent crimes by law enforcement officials.

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A in Pa
A in Pa

WOW, you know what, I get that she may be a habitual shoplifter, however, that does not give the Police permission to hold a person down and beat them up. The "Police State" that this kind of activity creates is scary beyond belief. In this day and age of identity theft, I could be pulled over, miss-identified as a criminal because someone used my identify to commit a crime and before it was all sorted out, subjected to a police beat down? Because someone decided they didn‘t like my attitude? Now I must fear the criminals and the police too? Because when they act like that, I can't tell the difference.

mendelmen

Writingmomma you are correct. Police are merely human, not robots, and not perfect, but then again who is perfect? It would be easy to find bad eggs in ANY profession. But this case is not about a bad cop it is about the media frenzy and the lawn chair lawyers.

A in Pa
A in Pa

Assult is assult, it's a crime, not merely a human having a bad day. His indulance in his emotions is nothing more than him throwing a temper tanturm and abusing this woman because he thought he could get away with it, this kind of criminal behavior should not be tolerated. If I had a "bad day" and assutled a co-worker (no matter how provoked I was) would I be employed at the end of day. I you were the person assulted would you be making excuses for me and letting me off the hook?

cruzrlady09
cruzrlady09

It is spelled assault, thank you. And the "victim" is neither the woman
or the police officer, it is her baby - my heart goes out to that
child for the poor parenting he/she will have to endure.

ElliottW

I'm curious, are you saying that having a bad day is an excuse to assault someone? No? Only when they are cops? This cop had no cause to handle her this way.

We allow cops to get away with poor behavior all the time under the argument that "they have a tough job and they should be cut some slack". That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard, they are given powers and we expect them to exercise it wisely in ALL cases, when they show they can't do that they need to go.

Your few bad eggs argument is old and tired as well, our cops seem to believe THEY are the law and just because they say something that you are obligated to comply. When they show they are even remotely bad eggs its time for them to go.

Luckily the sheer ubiquity of cameras is leveling the playing field. when the officer writes his report it is treated as the gospel truth and if your story differs YOU are the liar, until you have video of it that shows what really happened.

I have to wonder if the officer knew this was being recorded and if so would have still acted as such.

Give me Liberty

mendelmen, it's important to know that with great power (authority) comes great responsibility. Officers need to model citizens and exhibit good judgement or they are competent to protect the public. That is their job.

writingmomma

As you can see, the men in "blue" aren't always what they seem.

writingmomma

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy in northwest Iowa has been accused of sexually abusing a teenager.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Christopher Wayne Lincecum was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree sexual abuse.

The department began investigating Lincecum at the end of June. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Lincecum had inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl on one of two occasions when the victim went on a ride-along with Lincecum while he worked.

Officials say Lincecum was booked and subsequently bonded out. Court records do not list an attorney.

The department says Lincecum left the department in the spring due to an unrelated matter. Additional information was not provided.

writingmomma

PEORIA - A decorated Peoria police officer was indicted Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman last month.
John T. McCavitt, 32, faces charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault in connection with the July 17 incident. Both felonies carry a mandatory prison term and if convicted, McCavitt faces up to 30 years behind bars.
Peoria County Judge Kim Kelley signed a $200,000 arrest warrant. If the officer posts 10 percent, or $20,000, to get out of jail, he must surrender his passport, his firearms and ammunition as a condition of his release.
Few details were contained in the indictment. The aggravated criminal sexual assault alleges McCavitt was committing the offense of unlawful restraint when he assaulted the woman.
Assistant State's Attorney Steve Pattelli did say McCavitt was not on duty at the time of the alleged incident.
McCavitt has been recognized twice in the past few years for live-saving acts of valor. He had been on paid administrative leave, but with the indictment, his status was changed to unpaid, said Peoria police Chief Steve Settingsgaard.
"Our internal investigation and any subsequent disciplinary charges will await the outcome of the criminal case," the chief said.
A court date for McCavitt to appear before Circuit Judge Steve Kouri has not been set.


Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1592814926/Peoria-police-officer-indicted-for-sexual-assault#ixzz2bO9ClQaz

mendelmen

Officer responds to shoplifter call. Attempts to place female in handcuffs. Female resists and bites officer. Officer strikes her to release finger in mouth. Female is injured. Female lawyer shops all the way to Chicago to find someone to take her case. What's all the drama about? Police can use force to make an arrest. Don't wanna get hit? Don't resist. Seems simple enough.

timely

AGREED 100%!

ElliottW

And your position might have traction if the officer's report actually stated that was his plan, but alas it didn't..

RyanB

Lol pretty obvious who's all been in trouble with police on here! My dad always told me, "keep your nose clean, and you won't have to worry about the police". He's been right all these years. She got what was coming to her. Should be punched a few more times too.

Always right

If I was a cop and she tried to bite my finger off, I'd punch her in the head also. Watching the full video, this cop doesn't seem that out of line to me.

TPOREILLY

Unfortunate for society that this woman is allowed to reproduce. All we need is more stupid people in the world growing up to be thieves. I like how she makes the excuse that she has mental problems. The mental health community should rise up against this, kind of like an asthmatic smoker complaining of lung disease.
If she were in Saudi Arabia they would cut her hands off. Someone plz volunteer to give her a free tubal!!
I am behind and support the officer, he has the right to knock some sense in this dumb butt loser woman. She surrendered her civil rights when she decided to steel with her baby. Anyone that stupid isn't human, therefore she has no rights.

TAKE8THE3WRENCH4

If you don't want consequences don't break the law, don't bite officers, and resist arrest. Plain and simple sorry don't feel sorry for this woman. Those that fight like men and take first action against another person if it's man/woman you better be prepared to fight like you wanted to. Maybe she should not have stolen that merchandise, shut her mouth and kept her teeth to herself, and not resisted arrest and she wouldn't find herself in this situation. It's sad we allow criminals to get off scott free now a days. Instead she should have taken responsibility for her actions admitted she messed up and allow the police to do their job and gone with them without a fight. Again, I do not feel sorry for this woman whatsoever!!

ElliottW

Under your position she got what she deserved? So the officer can do whatever he feels is right? Lets hope you never get into trouble..

RyanB

Hey! That's a great, novel concept! Just don't get into trouble! She got less than she deserved actually

iowalittledog

QC Times & Davenport Media are all cowards for not making the video available to the public. The Police, QC Times and QC Digital Media all had or should have had assess to the video. All of them all had no problem releasing the shootings on the bridge. Those were also under investigation, but the police released them to gain public sympathies. Now I'm thankful it was not me or the one I love, I wouldn't be able to sit here today and write the comment. I wish people would learn to fight back, Sorry I was raise to believe you put your hands on me in a manor to inflict bodily harm then it's on. Don't care who you are. I rather be judge by 12 at the court house than carried by six after some cop or someone put his hands on me. Also how come the Davenport Police are investigating one of their own? The County attorney's office also appears to have a conflict in reviewing this case. Last of all, same on all of you Davenport Attorney's who turned your back on this case. Where is Cathy Cartee when you need her.

TAKE8THE3WRENCH4

Oh get over the video. Look up the case and her rap sheet she has with the law on Iowa Courts online, what other proof do you need? Why are we giving out sympathies? And if you were raised to believe "put your hands on mine in a manor to inflict bodily harm then it's on". What would you have done when you were dealing with a belligerent criminal biting you and resisting arrest for robbery? Since you believe that then truly you would be siding with the police officer as that police office was there to arrest her not have to deal with an idiot criminal resisting arrest. Glad to know you believe in double standards and glad to see hypocrites still refuse to see the truth.

finch

"Carried by six?" Good Lord, dog, is there any way you could be a little more overly dramatic? He reached for her phone. I'm pretty sure you will never be killed by someone reaching for your phone.

dozer4

hey they did a service maybe with her so called bad vison she wont be such a good thief

Navyretired

If you do not comply with the officer's instructions, they will force you to comply, classy that she uses her child in stealing.

Give me Liberty

"If you do not comply with the officer's instructions, they will force you to comply" ... under normal circumstances this type of sentiment is deplorable. Officers ONLY job should be to protect the public and uphold the laws. They have no right to ask where you're are headed or why, they do not have to right to harass people, and they don't have the right to bark instructions at people who are charged with a crime.
That said, this lady obviously broke a law that is in place for good cause and she needs to cooperate with an officer who is investigating a reported crime.

iowalittledog

Navyretired; Just because she was wrong, does not make the officers actions right. Her past criminal actions had nothing to do whit the way the officer treated her on that day.

ElliottW

You seem to believe that officer instructions are gospel, you are wrong. Just because the words cross the officer's lips don't make them lawful, you really should think that through.

Bette Krocker

Don't steal, and you won't have to worry about getting hurt.

dave1988

These officers clearly used excessive force and should be charged with assault with serious injury, child endangerment and mob action at the very least. Spineless Chief Donchez should be charged with covering up a crime- Making it a personal issue is sickening!! IT WAS A CRIMINAL ACT by someone who is suppose to be professional. This type of behavior has been allowed to happen here in Davenport for far too long. They are public servants and not above the law like they want to think. Even if Ms. Redell was mouthing off, it gives no one the right to beat you and it is obvious from the video she is not a physical specimen who could do much harm even if she tried. Fellow officers in the department should come out and speak against these 2 officers and the chiefs reaction. If I was a sworn officer I would be sick to my stomach that people are going to lump me with these other thugs with badges. The local media should be ashamed that this was reported by an outside source. The print & tv media have always turned their eyes when these things happen (good ole boy relations) and are just as responsible for allowing these things to happen. Winds of change are coming and the coverage of this will not go away. If the local media continues to drop the ball, they will be exposed by those willing to do it. The best outcome is for Donchez to resign and these officers to face criminal charges and be fired>

Give me Liberty

I'm not in any way involved with any law enforcement agency. To be sure, I consider myself critical of the way people with a sense of authority treat others. I just am unsure whether the lady's original crime warranted her being detained or if the cop considered her leaning forward and saying something and refusing to put down her phone as a crime. That to me is the deciding factor. Originally I thought the cop acted in self defense, but if he is the one who initiated a physical confrontaition based on the idea that she was threat then he clearly abused his authority. I hope the Times stays up with the story.

Give me Liberty

Glad this incident got caught on camera and was made available to the public. Our executive branch MUST operate in a transparent fasion to keep them honest. In this case the lady refuses to be detained after committing a crime. I think the cop acted in self defense and clearly only struck the women when he felt her start biting. I didn't think his actions were excessive previous to that point. I feel bad that the lady got hit that hard, but she created the situation. I don't usually like to rush to judgement myself, but that footage seems pretty conclusive.

Give me Liberty

One other thought about this. The only way I see her making a case is if the cop wasn't going to detain her for her offense. If the cop is using her leaning over and saying something as justification to start a physical confrontation then I see her actions as justifiable self defense. Everything that happens subusequent to the cop initially using excessive force would be on him. I think it's a matter of who is considered to have acted first. I don't consider leaning over and saying something as a situation where that officer should feel he is in imminent danger. My opinion on it any way. Both we will have their day in court to work out exactly how this situation unfolded.

dave1988

Give me Liberty, What police force are you on? You dont see to well do ya? The woman was pummeled before she bit the Punk with a badge!

JMHO

You need to watch it a little more carefully. You're the one that doesn't see too well, or spell for that matter...

ElliottW

It certainly looks like she was already detained, she had no escape and I seem to remember that the officer did not say he was gonna cuff her but try and apply a pressure point. Why was he putting his hand on her in the first place.

I agree, the footage seems pretty conclusive that the officer shouldn't have been handling her at this point at all, no need.

ohreally

Well to me it looks like she thinks she can get some money. REALLY!!!! they say the officers were found to have used more force then needed so be it. I know they (police) are trained. However if I were bit and it was unexpected I may punch or slap when I normally wouldn't. My question is WHY civil rights activist is getting involved? Maybe if she didn’t steal she would not be in this predicament. In some countries if you steal they cut off your hand.

dave1988

Ohreally, Everyone is afforded civil rights by the Constitution & Bill Of Rights. Her civil rights were clearly violated and the chief even admitted excessive force was used. People should be up in arms over these crimes and the deparments coverup of it.

ElliottW

Correct.

finch

Yes, in the full version it looks like he was telling her to get off the phone, she wouldn't, so he tried to take the phone away from her. She kept fighting, bit and wouldn't stop biting. She's a boil on the backside of society.

georgeandersonxyz

This lady takes her child shop lifting, resists arrest, bites a cop, and then SHE files a lawsuit. She's a parasite!

XD40

Give it a rest people. She is a criminal (admitted) and she is sorry, not for what she did, but that she got caught. And she is WHITE. How can she claim it is a civil rights issue. Also, if someone is biting your finger, wouldn't you do all you could to have them stop? Please look at the full video and not the edited one that the media is showing. She is the agressor, not the officers. Her "friend" is also a criminal. And what does he have to do with this? Another media joke.

3mom

I agree, that uncut video shows them trying to subdue her, probably after she wouldn't get off the phone. She even admitted to speaking crazy. The officer didn't even start punching her until after they both had her laying on her side, which I'm sure is when she decided to bite him. She said she was hollering for help first and when that didn't do anything, she bit him. If someone has the death grip on your finger with their teeth, I'm sure you'd be punching too. The point remains that she is clearly a thorn in the side of this community. She has a rap sheet a mile long and is a habitual offender. No firm will represent her around here? She is looking for a free pay day, just as she does when she saddles up into a store and steals. Who is going to pay for the amount she gets anyway? The city? Where does their money come from? Ya, let's give her a pot full of gold. How about $50.00 so she can buy a one way ticket out of here and become someone else's problem? I have no pity for her.

guitarman52804
guitarman52804

Oh poor baby....she was breaking the law and assaulted a police officer. she deserved what she got and more. no sympathy for this trash

HA HA
HA HA

http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/davenport-iowa-police-beating-peraica-218422791.html

2nd video at the bottom of the webpage above shows the uncut video. You can clearly tell that she was resisting according to the struggle. The Officer was bitten in the struggle and took action to get his finger/hand removed from her mouth. What else was he suppose to do? How do any of us know whether or not she released his finger/hand after the 1st punch? I DO NOT condone police brutality, however, think in this instant the Officer acted appropriately.

For anyone who has been bitten, you know what I’m talking about.
its called instinctive reaction....

dave1988

For anyone being pummeled by someone far superior than you physically, Biting is a natural reaction. if you dont think so, let a UFC fighter twice your size beat your rear for a few seconds. I applaud her reactions and say shame on that bully with a badge!!

ElliottW

I don't know about you but if someone was beating me without provocation I'd be resisting to.

The police chief has already admitted they used too much force so not much of a debate there..

3mom

Apparently getting beat down did not deter her from steling again in April. And if she had full eye sight, maybe she could have hid the 36 items she was attempting to steal from Walmart a bit better. Where do you put 36 items anyway? What a loser!!! Ya somebody should give her money. Perhaps she could buy herself a clue and be a productive member of this city.

rabbitrun107

She was wrong to shoplift in the first place much less with her child in tow. What kind of a mother is that! AND to be mouthy after she got caught was very stupid and juvenile especially to the officer. No one knows what she actually said as the video we're show has no audio but whatever she said must have given him reason to put her to the ground and then he had every right to hit her so she'd break loose of the bite. Her past record plays a major part in it because it shoes exactly what kind of person people are dealing with especially if she's a repeat offender. She looks really stupid to go on camera and show the injuries she herself caused. How can she actually think she'll get anywhere with that!!!! Her daughter and family should be so proud!!

doglover 1966

so agree with qcgirl. unbelievable some of the things they get away with.

doglover 1966

This is a public forum so I am going to chime in, I think if you go back 30yrs to dig up dirt on someone, lets hope you don't have any closets to open. Everyone makes mistakes including law enforcement, Judges are reckless drunks, cops are rapists, drunks, wife beaters, just because you put on a uniform doesn't make you better than anyone on the jail website, in fact if you are a cop you don't even get your pic up there. Look at the website, they are letting killers out on bail and child molesters are living right next door to your child. There are much bigger fish to fry than a shoplifter.. I am a taxpayer and I don't like costs to go up either but I don't like the fact that while someone gets charged with 2nd and 3rd owi offenses are out putting my family in danger and meth makers get off scott free because of stupid judges being just stupid, and it goes on and on, come on people, if she was stealing put her in cuffs right away, she is a criminal, take her to the station and charge her. why were they even in that room, she should have been cuffed and escorted away. I happen to believe things get covered up, Genesis almost killed me, and how convent for my blood work to disappear, no lawyer in this area would even touch my case, they are all in bed together, I believe that things should be uncovered. I am sure this happens all the time and they will continue to do as they please. I f I would of had the money to go after Genesis I would be a very rich person right now, and I wouldn't be struggling to make ends meet. Let this all play out, if she gets a payoff then so be it, and maybe the cop will change his ways and do his job by the book and make this a better place to live.

QCGirl81

AMEN!!!!! It's a sad world we live in today when you can't even trust those who are in a position to be the most trusted; including the healthcare system as well as the authorities.

writingmomma

Good comment!!!

QCGirl81

Who cares what this ladies former record contains! Does that mean she deserves to get punched in the face repeatedly? If you feel this is true, you probably need anger management! Police officers should be able to detain a person with as little force as possible. I would have done something as well to get him off of me and I would for sure press charges! There is no reason an officer should strike a person unless they feel threatened and there were 3-4 other people in the room with them. From the video, she did not lunge at him or anything and I don't care if she clenched her fist. If the police are allowed to use force like that any time they don't like what a person says or clenches their fist....look out world!

senor citizen

That is not her former record, that is her record!

ElliottW

but somehow that means its ok to beat her down, I don't think so..

A in Pa
A in Pa

If we allow law enforcement officers to beat people up because the get a little lip service or attitude, we're all in trouble.

Arc Angel

DOGMAN!

bigduke6

Iowa courts online is telling, the record shows Redell is no stranger to law enforcement and has even been arrested for making false reports, TRUTH BE TOLD!

https://www.iowacourts.state.ia.us/ESAWebApp/TIndexFrm
07231 FECR043829 STATE VS REDELL, BRANDIE REDELL, BRANDIE L 12/22/1978 DEFENDANT
07231 FECR044326 STATE VS REDELL, BRANDIE L REDELL, BRANDIE L 12/22/1978 DEFENDANT
07231 SMCR042863 STATE VS REDELL, BRANDIE L REDELL, BRANDIE L 12/22/1978 DEFENDANT
07231 STWG408331 STATE OF IOWA vs REDELL, BRANDIE L REDELL, BRANDIE L 12/22/1978 DEFENDANT
07231 STWG408332 STATE OF IOWA vs REDELL, BRANDIE L REDELL, BRANDIE L 12/22/1978 DEFENDANT
07821 AGCR248130 ***STATE VS REDELL, BRANDIE REDELL, BRANDIE L DEFENDANT
07821 AGCR310303 STATE VS REDELL, BRANDIE L***COMM SERV*** REDELL, BRANDIE L DEFENDANT
07821 AGCR351835 STATE VS REDELL, BRANDIE REDELL, BRANDIE 12/22/1978 DEFENDANT
07821 DRCV291463 GIBSON, BRISTAL RAE VS ANDERSON, KELVIN REDELL, BRANDIE L PETITIONER
07821 FECR267833 STATE VS REDELL, BRANDIE REDELL, BRANDIE L 12/22/1978 DEFENDANT
07821 SCSC176636 BLN PROERTIES VS. BRANDIE REDELL REDELL, BRANDIE 12/22/1978 DEFENDANT
07821 SMCR250201 ELDRIDGE VS REDELL, BRANDIE L REDELL, BRANDIE L 12/22/1978 DEFENDANT
07821 SRCR353277 STATE VS REDELL, BRANDIE

TAKE8THE3WRENCH4

huh well imagine that. Surprise, not really.

writingmomma

That still does not give that cop the right to beat a woman like he did. I can only imagine his girlfriend or wife's life if she disagreed with him. The dude needs to stay behind a desk. She had no weapon, thank God she is still alive to tell her story. There are cops killing people all over the US for petty mess because they have severe anger issues.

bigduke6

Brandie Redell is a LIAR. You can clearly see on the video her fists are clinched. And If I was the one getting my finger bit you can bet I would punch her too. Her action triggered the police reaction. The police report shows she is a liar as she denied stealing the clothing even making up a story that her mother bought the clothes for her. And the fella sitting next to her "DOG" aka DOGMAN used to run a illicit afterhours club involving illegal gambling, narcotics, and prostitution so anything he has to say is not legit either. Police shut his club down after a few dozen shootings at W 4th & Marquette.

This story doesn't hold water. Driving and living while black, apparently she is confused about her race too, as she looks white to me.

QCGirl81

There is video...therefore, it happened and "holds water." Are you a policeofficer Mr. bigduke6 trying to protect your own? They are pretty good at doing so! Tell your buddies next time they lose their cool, they might want to make sure there isn't a camera around to catch it on video!

writingmomma

What the man did for a living and who she chose to date has no bearing on this case. Stop trying to cover for that "woman beater."

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mist

And good luck to you with that ambitious plot. I assume you were stroking a white cat when you masterminded it...

eagles12

For those of you who guessed the video was edited, you're right. This link looks like it has the full video towards the bottom of the news story. http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/davenport-iowa-police-beating-peraica-218422791.html

senor citizen

The woman is a self-confessed thief. What's her problem? As usual the City and it's lazy attorneys will roll over and play dead.

ElliottW

They'll roll over because with the video their legal position is not real strong, they could just as easily lose at trial as win, maybe more so because the officer has already been found to have used excessive force.

RIC

David Lowery = an Al Sharpton wannabe; same mentality

finch

By only watching the video, it looks like the officer sort of lost it when he went after her as she sat in a chair. While a regular guy on the street might understandably go off on her because of whatever she was saying and doing, a cop is supposed to never lose it like that despite dealing with the dregs of society.
Once she bit down on his finger and wouldn't let go, hitting her was probably the only way he was going to keep his finger.

But, seriously, lady, why would you think that NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, nobody is every going to react? And when they react like a normal person would react, you find yourself an ambulance chaser and sue them?

Who raises people like this?

LNorman

NO law enforcement should be allowed to investigate themself. I was told by a retired police offiicer if you have a complaint about a officer go to another town or highway patrol station to file a complaint or nothing will be done

rlc

I am somewhat amazed that this young lady is offended and surprised that she was hit by a police officer after she attacked him. I am sure that she is due compensation after all she was hit after biting him. In the event she would not get her just rewards maybe she and her lawyer
should pay all of the costs involved.

1of3

If you look at the full video, it is very evident that the officer attacked her first. The two men could of easily snagged her up and cuffed her. However, the one officer must have lost his temper and simply attacked her. She is definitely not a model citizen and definitely deserves punishment for her crimes, but she did not deserve to be hit that way. Im sure this officer is so proud he can beat up a woman.

finch

Lady, you think your daughter is too young for your actions to "stick?" You take your child with you to constantly commit crimes, to get arrested, to speak and act in the obviously bad ways you were speaking and acting during your arrest, and you don't think you're affecting her? What the heck is wrong with you? And no, "I have mental issues" isn't an excuse for this kind of child abuse. Get treatment until you stop acting like this, or find someone who can raise your child.

QC tax payer
QC tax payer

Completely agree finch.

carlisle

It appears in the video that her fists were clenched because he was coming at her. Whoever said the Times won't investigate the police is right - a well known investigative reporter left town after his in depth article about QC police. I suspect he was having to look over his shoulder after that. I'd like to know what officer Crow's punishment was - the police dept isn't willing to share that. Since this just happened in February, if they placed him on administrative leave, it wasn't for very long but there is no excuse for his actions. So, the 2 officers should have been placing her in handcuffs but I don't see any need for punching her in order to do that.

riverrat52722

for one thing john rambo i dont drink still a gang dpd

John Rambo

Sorry for the assumption on my part. Your original comment was so unintelligible, one would have to suspect something. Sniffin glue, perhaps?

John Rambo

As some astute readers have already pointed out, she had to go all the way to Chicago to find her ambulance chaser. I find that kind of odd, knowing there is no shortage of lawyers around here that would be foaming at the mouth to take 50% of a judgement on contingency... People that have fully reviewed this must know there is more to it than what NBC is showing...You know, the same "media" outlet that has historically edited recordings to make a situation appear as something that it isn't...

Doesn't seem to make sense?

Weasal

Not true at all. Local lawyers won't touch police abuse cases. They want to continue to work in the area

finch

Completely false. Lots of very good lawyers in this town would take a case against the police department if it's a good case.

iowalittledog

finch. The attorney who took the case is a very good attorney with a reputation of going after the police if they are wrong. If he took the case there must be a great chance she will prevail

Taney

I have no sympathy for this woman. Multiple run-ins with the police, multiple charges against her- so it's not like this was her first time being arrested. Then to blame her mental illness for her actions is pathetic. Get a clue, woman, don't commit crimes and you probably won't find yourself in such situations.

cubfan911

I too am frustrated with the Davenport PD......for not finishing the job. Why the heck was she out and about and allowed to commit the same crime she committed previously? She feels insulted that the cop is still a cop......well I am insulted that this so called mom is still a mom. Her poor daughter should be placed with a responsible, loving and caring mother and this lady tossed in jail. Now she is just on the hunt for money from the lawsuit. Hey lady....do it the old fashioned way......get a job.

QCGirl81

If there were a like button....I'd press it. Well said

ElliottW

Because the cops don't have the power on that one.. The courts let people have chance after chance after chance.. you want to see a real piece of work go look up Joey Woodside in Iowa courts, spent 16 years in jail for a sex offense gets out and gets picked up for various crimes along the way, why is that guy not in jail for life? He's probably high right now..

Terry W

Cubfan you are an idiot.........finish the job.........big macho man......just like the cop are you!! Really, when you get right down to it........you want to talk about crimes........well I am WAY more concerned with the drunk drivers in the paper EVERY SINGLE DAY........over and over........some killing innocent people in their paths.........shoplifting.......she should do some jail time........NOT GET BEAT UP by the very people who have been trained/sworn not to behave in that manner. She should have a lawsuit you idiot.......THAT is the Police Departments fault for their failure to get rid of the cops that are bad. Blame them..........had they done there job the RIGHT way this would not have happened now would it.

writingmomma

Putting on a blue uniform does not change ones character. If someones mental capacity is filled with anger, rage, racism or any other dysfunction, it will be revealed eventually. Putting on that blue uniform should not be a "license" to maim, kill or abuse anyone. It is sad when you hear of someone that is suppose to "uphold the law", get a free ride from their superiors to continue that unethical behavior. I have seen this taking place all over the U.S., from California to Florida. Yes, it is wrong to steal from stores, run from police officers, or yell profanities at them. But, they are suppose to be properly trained to handle each situation with the lease amount of force. Yet, they have been using the most deadly force I have seen in years. They seem to be working with rage and malice. Sounds like some re-training is in need for many officers. Maybe he is suffering from PTSD.

XYZz

Some good some bad cops... DPD just seems to have more. I have been involved with trying to get a 90 yr old women out of a dangerous situation to have DPDs finest telling me I could not then come up to me and say I look "wacked out" to justify their over reaction. Well considering I do not even drink I believe they had it wrong. When I attempted to take this elderly person home the DPD of course tried using excessive force on me versus dealing with the real situation they were called to the area to resolve. The few "Bad" cops need dealt with and made examples of and given training. I am no sympathy for a criminals Man or Women but this was again a Women tough guy. Punching in the side of the head probably is a little over the top.... But hey when you have a complex and become a cop, this can happen

likeitornot

Honey, your 15 minutes of fame is over. Take (ouch, a bad choice of words) you and your allegedly high-profile lawyer someplace else to look for your pie-in-the-sky.

likeitornot

Nice editing (again) by NBC.

Looking at the video alone it's hard to tell what happened. After reading the officer's reports and the watching the video, the video confirms what the officers wrote.

The law clearly states that whatever force is necessary to effect an arrest can be used. Redell escalated the force and the officer responded in a proper way.

If Redell wants to fight like a man, she's going to be hit like a man.

I'm guessing the officer violated some department rule or regulation, but in split second events, sometimes those rules can't be followed.

Attorney's around here are just as hungry as attorney's in other parts of the country, but they aren't going to put effort into something where there is nothing.

Move on people, there's nothing to see here.

Terry W

Saw this last night on our news.......pretty disgusted that this cop is allowed to get away with this. Wasn't impressed with the tone the Police Chief took over this, guess it doesn't matter that the tax payers are paying their wages and EXPECT professionalism and certainly attacking someone NOT permitted unless provoked which this was NOT. The proof is in the video......not the "police report".

RedRocker22

This woman will probably always take more from society that she contributes (steal it, sue for it, etc.). Pathetic.

alertreader

Dont do the crime if you dont want to do the time. She deserves a black eye for shoplifting in general. Also for shoplifting in the presence of her 14 year old daughter. Nice parenting. This is a joke.

tre

the cop may have gone a little overboard, but she is a criminal - don't make her the poor victim - you reap what you sow

Weasal

Local media will not investigate local police. That is a fact, Jack. I can only speculate that they want to maintain a cozy relationship so as to keep the lines of communications open. Then all the reporters have to do is copy and paste the police stories. Laziness.

finch

Yeah, right, that's why we never have any news stories about the police. *rolling eyes*

ElliottW

That's why you don't see many negative stories. And since most of them don't come with video its the cop's word against the person and the cop is almost always believed. Remember, when they write their report it is treated as if it were written by god himself, it is gospel truth.. Until you produce video to prove otherwise..

Sally Jo

This was the THIRD store she had stolen from that day, Dilliards being one of the other ones! According to the arrest report, there is a lot of video that wasn't shown by the NBC Chicago station, probably because it would have made this 'woman' look like the felon she is. Did she really think her trash attitude was going to help her? I'm not convinced by her story at all. She is a liar and thief. I feel bad that our police officers have to take that kind of abuse from the people they serve.

When no lawyers from this area would take the lawsuit, you know there is no merit.

JimmyScheisskopf
JimmyScheisskopf

What's with the quotes around the word 'woman'? Do you think she's actually a man?

Charger

"When no lawyers from this area would take the lawsuit, you know there is no merit."

It is because no lawyers around here, if even approached, don't have the case that it does have merit. Remember these defense attorneys have to question these cops in their cases and accusing one of abuse on the stand will limit future cooperation from them in the future. She is a criminal but no matter the words that came out of her mouth did she need to be man handled and then beaten. We not only expect our officers to act professionally but we dang well need it, especially with the state of abuse cases in this country. Power corrupts and some people should not have it.

And before you ask, I have never been a cop but have been in many professional security situations where punching was never allowed. There are better means to control a subject and these guys are trained to do just that.

1of3

Most Davenport police officers are good and dedicated officers. However, I do believe that a few of them take things way too far and believe that they are above the law. I know of an instance where an officer stopped a teenaged boy who was riding his bike because the officer was looking for someone whom he said fit the boys description. He asked the boy where he was going the boy told him to his sisters house and the officer asked him if he had an attitude, the kid said no, and the officer shoved him, the boy asked him why he was doing that and the officer asked him if he was getting an attitude with him. Then the officer got a call letting him know that the teen boy did not fit the description after all. The officer told him he could go and that it was his lucky night. This was not a teen who had been in any trouble, he had done absolutely nothing wrong. There was no reason for the officer to shove him. I have heard other very similar stories as well. I personally witnessed an officer speeding through a school zone and I thought he must be on a call, but when I got up the street to a local convenience store. There was the officer getting coffee and chatting with the clerk about nothing of importance.

riverrat52722

so the davenport police dept is a gang now you all said that the davenport guardian angles was a gang look at the cops they did more damage to that poor woman

John Rambo

Huh? Have a drink or two this evening, did ya?

ExQC911

It is way to early to comment on this story. Several of you have said that the office was guilty since he was found by the internal investigation to have vviolated department policy. Until we know what that policy was we can not comment. Maybe he was found in violation of policy by calling the women names as she bit his finger - maybe he was found in violation of policy for not calling for back up - etc. - you get the point - the violation may not be for using to much force.


officer violated department policy

HAWKSTATE

There are 3 things that I have a problem with in this story. One being a small error in judgement by the officer in taking her down off the chair with a little too much aggression but with no sound in the video and her admittance of "jiving" with the officer she may have said something to provoke such an aggression. Biting him brought on the punches and I'm fine with that.

2nd biggest problem I have with this situation is why she is even out walking the streets and not in jail for her continued criminal contact. If your so scared of the police from this incident why are you out shoplifting again 2 months later.

The 3rd and biggest problem I have is that a person like this has a child. This poor kid doesn't have a prayer of succeeding in life being brought up in such an environment and we will most likely be supporting her and her mother for the rest of their lives.

This is easily the biggest problem facing our society today. People having kids who have no intention to care for or the financial means to support their children.

John Rambo

Xochitl, I watched the video, but I do not have sound on the computer I viewed it on. I have a very difficult time believing the cop would be unaware of the eye in the sky? I also don't trust NBC. Seeing how they conveniently edited Zimmermans phone call to make him appear racist and give their "reporting" more sensationalism was the last straw for me...

Anyhow, I do believe there is simply more to the story than what the plaintiff and the ambulance chaser are trying to depict. Incidentally, a quick check of IA Courts Online will show her as being a defendant no fewer than 12 times! 4 were for theft, 2 were for being a fugitive from justice, a couple were traffic related including operating w/o liscense. Others did not provide details of the case.

Bottom line is that I am sick and tired of paying for people like her in our society. Her numerous thefts are just added to the costs I pay when trying to provide for myself and my family. Don't think for a minute that 4 is all she has done either. Those are just for the state of IA and the times she didn't succeed. Then you have the police costs and the judicial system that she is a regular with...Now we will likely have the costs for this trial and quite possibly a big payday for her!

If she gets one dime out of this, she should be forced to surrender it back to our community for the paracitic life she has led at our expense!

As I said earlier, I really believe there is another side to the story. I know if I was concerned about getting my fingers bitten off, possibly catching a disease, etc... I would be punching away too! Have you ever had fingers bitten? It is extremely painfull. Guess the bottom line is that I see who the true victims have been throughout the years and who is responsible for that! I have no sympathy for her whatsoever.

Xochitl
Xochitl

Believe it or not, we agree, for the most part. Sympathy? NONE. She is a royal jerk and a thief. She doesn't deserve a penny. But I predict she will get it. But trying to say it is a false video because NBC is being sued by Zimmerman is beyond a stretch and into the realm of fantasy. The police did an investigation and the cop was disciplined for his actions. That tells me they did not doubt the veracity of the video. He made a mistake, we all make mistakes. I imagine he will learn from this one and go on to be a very good cop. I wish him nothing but the best in his career. Her? I wish she wasn't a crook, and that her baby had a better mother.

John Rambo

I am in agreement with you that she will likely get money out of this. My point on NBC (aside from pointing out their lack of ethics) was not to say this is "a false video" so much, but just to give another example of how audio/video can at times be misleading. I will admit, it does not look too good for the cop, but I have to believe there is more to this. First, most any cop is smart enough to know about cameras, witnesses, etc... Cops are trained to know that they are walking targets for litigation, as well as walking targets in general. That is the thing is this just does not pass my "sniff" test. It doesn't make sense. The article never revealed specifically what type of reprimand the officer got? It could have been as simple as "don't set yourself up to look guilty...bla bla blah..."

I only watched the video once, and my initial thought was "what reason are they rushing toward her?" Perhaps they thought she had something in her mouth? I don't know. After that, it gets very difficult to determine what happened when in the melee. I do know, that even by her own admIssion, she was "emotional, they weren't jiving, she was agitated, etc..."

I know there are good and bad people in every walk of life, vocation and such. I just don't see too many bad cops these days. They are heavily scrutinized to say the least. The days of the "blue code good ole boy club" are long gone. Yes, stuff still happens and I am not saying it does not. But it does not happen often, and I believe there is certainly more to the story here.

Sadly, the city will likely settle for undisclosed terms to put this one away. That does not necessarily mean guilt on the part of the city, but it is often cheaper that way. If I had my way, I would make a condition of the settlement that she no longer can reside in IA. If that were the outcome, I would see it as a win for the good guys, even if there was a short term payout, it would prevent long term recurring problems! It will certainly be interesting, if not sad, to see how it all turns out.

snowman05

So out of town news stations got the scoop on this first? Of course they did. Good work local news.

Xochitl
Xochitl

Chicago TV got it first because she hired a big time attorney in Chicago. Who do you think gave the info to the TV station? One guess.

snowman05

Understand what you are saying, but someone had to hear about this. Or do they not investigate the police blotters anymore?

This is a sort big deal.

John Rambo

What a complete piece of garbage (both her and anyone that represents her)! SHE WAS BITING THE COPS FINGER! IMO he had every right to protect himself from having his finger(s) bitten off, possibly getting a disease, etc... She has had multiple run-ins with the law and assualted the officer! What did she expect, a warm fuzzy hug and "please don't bite my finger off or give me AIDS."?

Xochitl
Xochitl

She was NOT biting the officer, although he said she was. The video clearly shows she was not. He has been disciplined, she has pled guilty. Now she is going to get a bunch of money because the police officer screwed up. Lesson? Officers, do NOT go around punching people because they are loud mouth jerks, there is probably a camera watching you.

John Rambo

If what you say is correct, she may also wish to sue Lee Enterprises for libel and defaming her well respected reputation in the community...

This is a direct quote from the article:
"Redell said she was "dumbfounded" by the police description of the incident but admitted she was emotional at the time and did bite Crow. She had no idea the incident was being recorded."

Seems that she admitted to biting the officer, as well as a host of other behaviours that are not on par with what I would consider cooperating during an arrest...

Video is fantastic, and catches a lot of bad things. It is almost invaluable for evidence. However, the unfortunate truth about video is that it just does not always catch EVERYTHING, depending on the angles, etc...

Unfortunately for her, due to her own admissions and her past criminal activity, I am not one to give this individual the benefit of the doubt.

Xochitl
Xochitl

Hey, I have NO pity for her. She is a thief and not above lying and using her child in the theft. I believe she DID bite the officer, he had to be treated as well as her. But she did not bite the officer and then get hit. She got hit, taken to the ground and in all the brouhaha got a bite in. Did you watch the video? It is quite clear who got in the first hit, and it was NOT her.

Brad Riedell
Brad Riedell

Look it up online. That cop needs to go to jail how can you protect and serve when you punch women in the face. Im sure that 2 male police officers could have used other methods to subdue her. If you look close i think the kid is in the corner when the cops tackle her in the chair. Why put a child in risk when the lady was already sitting down. I just dont get it.

Iowa12345

NBCChicago.com has the full video & police documents under the investigation tab.

IllinoisPam

Why is the video not being shown?

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