- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 8, 2013

An Iowa woman is seeking a federal civil rights lawsuit against Davenport police after surveillance footage showed her being brutally beaten by an officer while being questioned for shoplifting.

Brandie Redell admitted she was stealing at the Von Maur department store in Northpark Mall in February, and she was taken into a smaller room in the store for questioning, a local television station reported.

Miss Redell is seen on the video talking to the officer, identified as Scott Crow. She remains sitting down when the officer lunges at her, with another officer holding down her legs. She was punched in the head and face several times.

Miss Redell was sent to the hospital with a swollen eye and claims she has lost 60 percent of her vision, the station reported.

Police Chief Frank Donchez said an internal investigation found the officers violated policy and were disciplined, but he did not specify their punishment. Mr. Donchez said one of the officers were bit, which warranted the reaction.

“We have an Officers bill of rights. Progressive discipline is part of the bill of rights,” he told the station. “I have fired 10 people in the past five-and-a-half years. I’m not opposed to firing people when it warrants it. One of the things is that officer was bit. I have access to all the facts, people watching TV and video don’t have access to all the facts.”

But the video clearly shows the officer lunging at the woman in a seated position, next to another woman holding an infant. Miss Redell admits she bit the officer’s finger, but only to defend herself after he attacked.

“I was asking him why was this happening and I was crying. I was screaming, begging for someone to help me,” she said.

Miss Redell said the officer copped an attitude after he learned the name of her child’s father, who has a history with law enforcement.

She said he told her, “This is going to get real ugly, real quick.”

The mother is working with a civil rights group based in Chicago to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the police department.

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