One Chicago cop stripped of his powers after abuse video airs
BY JON SEIDEL AND KIM JANSSEN Staff Reporters May 20, 2014 10:36AM
Updated: June 23, 2014 3:27PM
A Chicago police officer accused of hitting a kneeling, handcuffed woman in the head during a raid of a West Side tanning salon has been stripped of his powers, police spokesman Adam Collins said.
Frank Messina either has been — or will be — assigned to an administrative position after the Independent Police Review Authority requested the move while an investigation plays out, Collins said. Messina continues to collect a paycheck.
“The alleged conduct and comments are reprehensible and completely intolerable in our police department,” Collins said. “We have codes of conduct that apply to officers and if the allegations are proven accurate appropriate action will be taken.”
A security camera filmed the Chicago Police vice raid at the Copper Tan and Spa in Noble Square last summer, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. It shows one cop smacking 32-year-old salon manager Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek in the head with an open hand as she is on her knees, handcuffed.
Temporarily subdued and kneeling, cuffed with her hands behind her back, she was screaming but appeared to be offering no physical resistance when an officer identified in the lawsuit as Messina smacked her in the side of the head from behind.
Another large officer yelled at the 110-pound, 5-foot-2-inch Klyzek — a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from China — “You’re not f------ American!”
The officer then ranted at a screaming and hysterical Klyzek that “I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f--- you came from,” before warning her the spa’s owner “will f------ kill you . . . You’ll be dead, and your family will be dead.”
Initially accused of an aggravated battery of the officers, as well as ordinance violations, a bruised Klyzek was quickly cleared by Cook County Judge Paul Pavlus, who found no probable cause for her arrest. Another charge of aggravated battery was also thrown out after prosecutors saw the video, according to her lawsuit. Klyzek is a licensed masseuse and has been married to a U.S. citizen since 2005, according to her lawyer.