Woman files lawsuit against two Davenport police officers and city after altercation

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A woman has filed a lawsuit against the City of Davenport and two Davenport Police officers, claiming they assaulted her and caused emotional distress.

On February 18, 2013 Brandie Redell was caught shoplifting at a Von Maur store at NorthPark Mall. The lawsuit, however, is over what happened once Davenport Police arrived to arrest her.

According to a lawsuit filed Friday, July 25, 2014 Redell was taken into a small security office to speak with Von Maur management, where Officer Crow and Officer Jacobsen with the Davenport Police Department later arrived.

Surveillance video from the store shows Redell, her daughter, two police officers and store employees in the office when an altercation happens between the police officers and Redell.

Redell says she was calling her boyfriend to pick up their daughter when the altercation happened.  Redell says one officer held her legs while the other punched her repeatedly, leaving her with a black eye and damage to her vision.

Watch extended video of the altercation – click here.

The lawsuit is against both the City of Davenport and the two Davenport officers on scene.

The City is being sued for violation of the 4th amendment, assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit shows that both Officer Crow and Officer Jacobsen are each being sued for violation of the 4th amendment, assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Police Chief Frank Donchez said back in August of 2013 that an internal investigation found that the officers violated policy and were disciplined, but he says the action did not rise to anyone losing their job.

“We have an Officers Bill of Rights. Progressive discipline is part of the Bill of Rights. I have fired ten 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,” Donchez said. “I have access to all the facts, people watching TV and video don’t have access to all the facts,” he added.

Redell admitted to shoplifting from the Von Maur store and was sentenced back in August.  She was charged with assault on a police officer for allegedly biting Officer Crow, but those charges were dropped.

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  • Bryan

    Common thief deserves nothing. Wasnt right for officer to punch her, but if she wasn’t a thief, she would not of been in that predicament.

  • Mrs. Kite

    So he’s justifying their behaviors because she bit an officer… yet that charge was dropped. Interesting.
    Just because someone broke the law, it doesn’t mean at all that law enforcement is above the law and can abuse them. With that logic, if you are pulled over for a broken tail light, it’s justified for the police officer to beat you.

    Also, in typical fashion, the presumption of innocence is completely absent in the comment section. But what really blows me away every time is the self-righteousness. It cracks me up when people believe they are without reproach.

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