Several Chicago police officers have been accused of committing a hate crime for verbally and physically attacking an Asian-American woman.
The incident took place on July 31, 2013, at Copper Tan and Spa in Chicago. Police raided the salon under suspicion of prostitution. As the police attempted to subdue the salon manager, 32-year-old Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek, they became excessively aggressive.
In a surveillance video, one officer appears to strike her across the back of the head with an open hand while she was on her knees handcuffed.
Another large officer began yelling at the 110 pound, 5-foot-2 Klyzek, a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from China,
[box type=”shadow”]POLICE OFFICER: You’re not f-cking American! I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f-ck you came from!
PLAINTIFF: I’m a citizen, OK?
POLICE OFFICER: No you’re not! 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-cking business before I shut this whole f-cking place down. And I’ll take this place and then whoever owns it will f-cking 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.[/box]
All charges against Klyzek were dropped after the prosecutor viewed the arrest video. One worker was charged with prostitution, and pled guilty to a misdemeanor. The conviction was later expunged.
[box type=”shadow”]Meanwhile, a police review board is investigating the matter. “The alleged comments, if true, are reprehensible and completely intolerable in our police department,” Police spokesman Adam Collins told the Chicago Sun Times. “We have codes of conduct that apply to officers, and if the allegations are proven accurate appropriate action will be taken.”
On Tuesday, CBS News reported that the officer involved in the incident has been stripped of his police powers pending the outcome of the investigation.[/box]
It’s police brutality AND a hate crime…
Watch the surveillance video from Liveleak.Com here: