Jury awards $175K to Chicago cop beaten by west suburban officer
STM Wire October 12, 2012 6:46PM
Updated: October 12, 2012 6:47PM
A federal jury awarded $175,000 to a Chicago Police officer who claimed three west suburban police officers beat and Tasered him during an arrest after a St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2008.
The Forest Park police officers claimed Chicago Police Officer Richard Schmidt was intoxicated and unruly when they took him into custody after the 2008 St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 1, 2008, according to court testimony.
While in custody at the police station, Schmidt was punched in the face and head multiple times, shot with a stun gun up to five times and Tasered three times, according to a statement from Schmidt’s attorneys.
Schmidt lost consciousness twice during the ordeal and was eventually taken by paramedics to a hospital, the statement said. He also required followup medical care later.
The three officers — Det. Daniel Pater, Sgt. Peter Morrissette and Ofr. Daniel Miller — argued in court that they used reasonable force while cuffing Schmidt, but on Friday, the jury decided otherwise and awarded Schmidt $175,000, according to court documents.
Forest Park officials did not immediately return calls for comment Friday afternoon.
Since the allegations arose, the Forest Park Police Department has installed video cameras in its booking area, according to a statement from the Miller Law Group of Hinsdale, which represented Schmidt.