Chicago, IL- A woman has filed suit against the city of Chicago as well as the Chicago Police Department after she was thrown to the ground and assaulted by officers during a raid of her salon. The disturbing incident was captured on the salon’s surveillance video.
Police conducted a raid at the Copper Tan and Spa owned by Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek last July after an undercover officer had alleged that he’d been offered sex for money at the establishment. According to the lawsuit, the first officers to arrive were not in uniform and Klyzek initially thought she was being robbed.
Klyzek screamed that she had done nothing wrong and pulled away from the officers attempting to detain her. The raid became violent, as the video shows Klyzek being swiftly grabbed by an officer and dragged down to the ground. The video also shows an officer hitting her on the head while she was kneeling, handcuffed, on the ground.
In addition to physical force, one of the officers- named as Officer Gerald Di Pasquale in the lawsuit- became enraged, yelling that she wasn’t a real American:
You’re not f*****g American! I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the fu** you came from!
Klyzek is an immigrant from China and has been a United States citizen since 2011. After she insisted she was an American citizen, Di Pasquale’s tirade continued:
“No, you’re not a citizen! No, you’re not! No, you’re not! You’re here on our borrowed time. So mind your f*****g business before I shut this whole f*****g place down. And I’ll take this place and then whoever owns it will f*****g 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 had initially been the one charged with aggravated battery following this incident. Those charges were dismissed by a judge, although according to the Chicago Tribune the police sought a felony indictment of Klyzek. The lawsuit claims that in the surveillance video, the officers had realized they were being filmed and tried to find the recording. The lawsuit also alleges that the officers falsified police reports about what had really happened at the salon.
“I can’t see how they have any business wearing the uniform,” said Torreya Hamilton, Klyzek’s attorney, at a press conference.
According to the Tribune, two of the officers named in Klyzek’s lawsuit have already been investigated for assaulting an illegal immigrant during a sting in 2008.
“The alleged conduct and comments are reprehensible and completely intolerable in our police department. We have codes of conduct that apply to officers and if the allegations are proven accurate, appropriate action will be taken,” said Chicago Police spokesman Adam Collins in a statement.