A federal lawsuit brought by a woman who was hit, threatened, and berated by Chicago police during a July, 2013 raid at a North Side tanning salon, is expected to receive $150,000 as part of a city settlement.
Jianqing Klyzek, who is better know as Jessica, sued 10 Chicago police officers in May, and now the city has decided to quickly settle the case in light of recently released surveillance footage
“[The surveillance footage contains] comments from police that we believe could inflame a jury” and lead to a considerably larger judgment, Leslie Darling, first deputy corporation counsel for the city Law Department, said.
Copper Tan and Spa was raided by Police in the Noble Square neighborhood after an undercover officer was allegedly offered sex for money. Surveillance footage from inside the business shows a handcuffed Klyzek on her knees within seconds of the officers entering. The footage showes an officer standing behind the petite woman slapping her in the head while another threatens to hit her with a Taser “10 f***ing times.”
Another officer then gets in her face and begins to shout at her. “You’re not a f***ing American,” the officer yells. “I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f*** you came from!”
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Police officers can be seen in the footage searching for the surveillance tape, but they were unsuccessful because it was recorded off-site, according to the federal lawsuit Klyzek filed accusing the Chicago Police Department and the officers of brutality and a hate crime.
Torreya Hamilton, Klyzek’s attorney, said her client is satisfied with the settlement. For Klyzek, an American citizen who emigrated from China, the money wasn’t of paramount importance, Hamilton said.
“It was about asserting her rights, as a valuable, contributing citizen,” Hamilton said. “In the video you can hear her saying ‘I’m a citizen, I have rights,’ and that’s what this was about to her.”
One of the officers who took part in the raid, Frank Messina, was relieved of his police powers in May when the surveillance video that came to light showed him striking Klyzek. Messina remains on desk duty as the Independent Police Review Authority continues to look into the incident.
Police State Daily requests made to the Chicago Police Department for comment, were denied.