Motorist: Cop slammed me into car
A South Side woman said a Chicago Police officer slammed her repeatedly into the door of her car and detained her for more than 10 hours after a traffic dispute.
Beverly Wilson Ellison, 48, said she sought medical treatment for bruises she received during the Oct. 4 incident. She has filed a complaint with the city's Office of Professional Standards, which investigates allegations of police brutality.
Ellison's account of the incident matched that of a neighbor who said she was sitting on her porch and watched the arrest unfold.
A police spokesman said he was unaware of the incident, and that it would be premature to comment on it. He declined to make the arresting officer available for an interview.
When asked for his name, the spokesman hung up on a reporter.
Ellison, who works as a computer technician, told the Daily News the incident occurred shortly before 9:00 a.m. as she drove her two daughters, 10 and 11 years old, to school.
As she approached the corner of 103rd Street and Aberdeen, Ellison saw a large number of police cars.
One of the police cars pulled into her lane of traffic on Aberdeen, forcing her to stop, she said.
"He doesn't move, so we don't move," she said.
According to Wilson, the officer then pulled up alongside her and and asked her what she was looking at.
"I'm looking at you," she said.
Ellison continued through the intersection.
The officer pulled her over in the next block, Ellison said.
Ellison said her driver's side window was broken, so she opened her door to hand her license to the officer.
She stepped out of her SUV.
Ellison, who is 5-foot-5 and weighs 120 pounds, said she has a repetitive motion injury that makes it painful to raise her arms.
She said the officer raised her hands over her head, dragged her into the street, and slammed her torso into the side of the SUV as her daughters watched.
"He kept banging me against my truck," she said.
"I thought, this must not be the real police," Ellison said. "I started yelling, 'call 911!'" she said. "Once I started yelling, he started yelling, 'are you crazy? Are you on medication? Why are you resisting arrest?'"
At that point, Ellison said, two other police officers arrived. One of them joined in slamming her against the car, she said.
Ellison said she was placed in the back of a squad car and told that police were looking for a robbery suspect.
Ellison said she was then taken to the 22nd District police station at 111th and Morgan Park, where she sat handcuffed to a metal pole and was told that she would be charged with resisting arrest.
Police released Ellison 10 hours after she was pulled over, and never charged her with resisting arrest, she said.
Ellison said she suffered bruising on her arms, torso and right leg during the arrest. She showed a reporter photos of bruises on her left arm.
She went to the hospital the following day, she said, and was given over-the-counter pain medication.
"She was crying for the next two days," said her husband, Gilbert.
Ellison provided the Daily News with copies of a traffic ticket and a bond recognizance form that support portions of her account.
Both are dated Oct. 4.
The traffic ticket charges her with running a stop sign at 8:57 a.m. while she was northbound in the 10300 block of S. Aberdeen.
The bond form shows she was released at 7:30 p.m. on her own recognizance and was charged with running a stop sign.
Neither of the documents provided by Ellison indicates that she was charged with resisting arrest.
Ellison said she had never been arrested before last week's incident. A state records check found no criminal history for Ellison.
Robbin Henry lives on Carpenter Street near where Ellison was pulled over, and said she watched the incident from her porch.
"That one guy snatched her out of her car," she said. "He didn't ask her to get out, he yanked her up out of that car."
"She was screaming 'somebody help me, somebody help me," said Henry.
Ellison's daughters were in the car "screaming and crying," said Henry.
According to Henry, the officer pushed Ellison into the side of her black Chevy Blazer several times.
"He wasn't treating her like you would treat a woman, not for a regular traffic stop," said Henry. "I never had a traffic stop like that."
"She wasn't fighting," said Henry.