Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Cops being Pigs as usual! Protect and serve my ass!
Woman Says Police Officers Beat Her
Attorney: 2 Police Officers Ambushed Woman In Jail Cell
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- A 25-year-old Wayne woman said she was beaten and humiliated by two Westland police officers while she was in custody in August.
Krystal Gardner is suing the male officers and Westland Police Department over the assault she said happened Aug. 18, while she was in custody after being arrested in connection with a domestic dispute involving her sister.
During a news conference Tuesday with her attorney, Arnold Reed, Gardner said she was ambushed in her holding cell by the two officers, who beat her until one of her eyes was swollen shut, her nose bled and she was nearly unconscious.
She said the officers also humiliated her by kicking her between the legs, causing her skirt to lift up and her vaginal area to be exposed.
“It was the most humiliating and most horrible situations I have ever been in,” Gardner said.
Reed said the officers tried to cover up the incident by dropping the original domestic violence against Gardner and charging her with the assault and battering of a police officer.
Gardner admitted she had been banging on the walls of her cell, but it was because she is a diabetic and was being denied her medication and a blanket.
"I'm sitting down and he just comes in and jumps on me. The other officer comes in later and continues to beat me as well," she said. “I was screaming for help.”
Gardner said she spent two days in the hospital recovering from her injuries.
Reed said he has jail video that will support his case.
"They humiliated her. They called her a series of names, including the 'B' word, a whore and animal," Reed said. "This was a complete breakdown of the justice system."
The lawsuit is asking for a monetary reward of $2 million.
Westland's police chief did not return phone calls. But, according to a police report, officers said they used force with Gardner because she was assaulting them. The report states Gardner spit in the officers’ faces. Click link to watch video below.
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - In any community, police officers are supposed to be the city’s “moral barometer,” exhibiting ethical behavior of the highest standard. But the troubled past of one of the highest ranking cops in a local department is raising questions about whether she’s the right woman for the job.
Police officers are supposed protect and serve.. but one local mother says she was victimized by an off duty cop – and now she tells Action News Investigator Heather Catallo that she wants to know why the officer is still carrying a badge. Please be warned: a few of the pictures in this story are pretty graphic.
Flood’s Bar in Downtown Detroit is usually a place to see and be seen. But on a night in November of 2007…the Detroit institution was a crime scene. And the suspect: off-duty Detroit Police Sgt. Lanesha Jones.
“Never would have thought that I would be struck by someone who’s supposed to protect the citizens.. and they’re hurting the citizens,” said Emily.
The woman we’re talking to, who we’ll call Emily, asked that she not be identified. She’s known Sgt. Jones for years, and the two have never gotten along. And on that night in November 2007, things were no different.
Standing near the bar, things got tense…the women argued, and suddenly, wielding a glass, the off-duty Sergeant struck Emily in the head, knocking her to the floor. Emily said the sergeant ground the glass pieces into her head.
When it was all over, this is what the Sgt. had done: leaving deep lacerations in Emily’s head. One witness would later tell officers she saw “blood running down everywhere,” and that she could “see the bone” exposed in Emily’s head. It would take 20 stitches to close the wounds.
“I never saw it coming. I couldn’t see. It was blood all in my eyes and my face,” said Emily.
But that’s just where this story begins. Despite being convicted of assault and despite being terminated by the Detroit Police Department. Sgt. Jones is still a police officer. In fact, she just got a promotion.