Chicago police crossed the line once again.
Lawyers for Reverend Catherine Brown are claiming that cops used excessive force following an encounter in May 2013. In a dashcam video that has recently been released, police can be heard laughing as they pepper spray and beat the victim.
Brown says she was "treated like an animal" and feared for her life during the encounter in which her two children, aged 8 and 1 at the time, were in the car with her.
She told CBS Chicago that she was pulling into her driveway when she almost hit a squad car without its lights on, which was pulling out of the driveway. She claims that Officer Michelle Murphy got out of her car and started yelling, while the other officer, Jose Lopez, approached her. Things quickly devolved into violent chaos.
Watch the shocking video here:
Brown told CBS, "I reached for my license ... the other officer takes the gun and points it at the front of my head." Brown said that she called 911 several times to report the mistreatment as her two daughters cried in the back of her car.
Brown panicked and tried to leave the driveway, looking for a neighbor that might help her, "Now she's [Murphy] chasing me with the car. I come to a complete stop, and then she takes the car and rams it into me," Brown said.
The dashcam footage shows Murphy hitting Brown with the pepper spray, which also hit Murphy's baby daughter. At one point, Lopez can be seen laughing.
Brown was then dragged from her car, over the police cruiser and thrown to the floor. "[They] beat me down to my underwear, pulled my skirt off me," Brown said. “They beat me with the sticks and hit me with their boots in my head." She added, "I got treated like an animal."
Brown was originally charged with attempted murder because officer Murphy claimed Brown had dragged her, but has since been acquitted of the charge. She was, however, also charged with reckless driving but is appealing that as well.
Now Brown is suing for excessive force and seeking unspecified damages. Chicago police has yet to comment on the suit, but said that they take excessive force allegations very seriously. Despite this, official records show that Murphy has 19 complaints against her name, while Lopez has 21.
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