Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Quad Cities Police Officer Caught Beating Female Shoplifter
A Quad Cities police officer brutally beats department-store shoplifter without apparent provocation, and it's caught on video. But officer escapes criminal charges -- and keeps his job.
The Better Government Association has obtained chilling video of a male police officer beating a female shoplifting suspect -- apparently without provocation -- in a mall along the Illinois-Iowa border earlier this year.
The footage -- originating from a department store security camera and forwarded to the BGA by a source -- shows the much larger officer pummeling the 34-year-old woman in front of her infant daughter. After knocking the woman to the floor, the officer rains numerous blows to her face and head, according to the video, which was authenticated by authorities.
"I was crying and begging him to get off me," Brandie Redell, the woman who was beaten, says in a recent interview with the BGA. Her right eye was injured in the incident, and she says her vision is still impaired.
The incident occurred Feb. 18, 2013, in an interview room inside the Von Maur department store in Davenport, Iowa, one of five Mississippi River towns along the Illinois-Iowa border that collectively are known as the Quad Cities.
Police were called after Von Maur employees observed Redell attempting to steal $388 worth of women's clothing, including three tops, one skirt and one dress, according to interviews and public records.