Homewood Cops 'Barged' Into Home, Injured 82-Year-Old Woman: Lawsuit

Three residents say Homewood police entered a home without reason, and once inside, shoved down an elderly woman.

Three Homewood residents claim police officers forced their way into their home and knocked down an 82-year-old woman, causing a gash that required 11 staples in her head.

Ruth Christensen, David Christensen and Suzanne Byron are suing two Homewood police officers and the Village of Homewood for the incident that occurred in August 2013, CBS-2 reports. 

According to the suit, the officers entered the home "without legal cause" Aug. 2, 2013. While approaching David Christensen, they pushed a then-82-year-old Ruth Christensen into a wall, causing a gash on her scalp that started "bleeding profusely" and needed 11 staples to close. David Christensen was later arrested, according to the report. 

The plaintiffs are seeking an undisclosed amount of damages in the four-count suit, which alleges unlawful search and seizure, excessive force, false arrest of David Christensen and indemnification.

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Concerned Citizen March 18, 2014 at 04:11 AM
Right...next time theres a rabid racoon out during the daytime around kids and all the neighbors call the police-instead we'll shoot it ourselves. Just the type of logic we need. Protect and serve? Nah...do it yourselves. Brilliant.
art March 18, 2014 at 07:56 AM
park forest cops like to kill 92 year old ww2 vets too.
Jill Ann Sauerbier March 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM
OMG! HPD is out of control! Why oh why did they have to "rough up" a 82 year old defenseless woman???? That is your tax dollars at work. Anyone with similar horror stories about the HPD, please, post the stories on the HF Patch. WE need to know what is going on in this town. Here goes mine. January 2012 my mail carrier delivered the wrong mail. Actually two peoples mail. I attempted to return it. She said "you will get your mail tomorrow". Her initials are LB. She then called her boss and the HPD. She lied, said I went running down the street yelling and screaming and pre- vented her from doing her job. That is a lie. She filed a false police report, and nothing was done to her. I would never dream of filing a false police report! The officer believed her. Let's call him Officer T. He yelled at me, told me I was "under arrest for disorderly conduct" All because I asked for my mail!!!!! He yelled at me. Told me "GET OVER HERE!". I started walking over there. I DID NOT resist. He picked me up LITTERALLY and threw me into the back seat of the squad car. I bounced around all over. I am surprised I did not break an arm or a leg. He yelled and cussed at me all the way to the police department. I was photographed, finger printed and searched and locked up in a cell!!!! All because I asked for my mail. Can you imagine???? I was beside myself. I had to do community service because she lied. Nothing was done to her! Can someone tell me why? This nightmare because she delivered the wrong mail! She can't even do her job correctly. The VP was aware of this incident and did NOTHING about it. Fact were distorted, lied were told. Everything but the truth. We are paying taxes for this!!!!! Next time you see Mr. H. ask him why he allows his police officers to rough up old ladies and pick up residents and throw them into the back seat of a squad car. Let's see if he is honest. If you have similar stories about the HPD PLEASE post them on the HF Patch. People need to know what is going on in this town. Thanks for listening, and I hope that poor 83 year old lady is OK. The article said she had to have stiches. SHAME ON THE HPD.
Concerned Citizen March 19, 2014 at 04:56 PM
You received Community Service means you were found GUILTY the Judge apparently did not buy your story--nuff said
Vernon Cherrywood March 29, 2014 at 02:41 PM
I think the facts of the entire situation need to be revealed before passing judgement. If there were any illegal actions by the police, they will be rightly disciplined. Homewood may have a lot of problems but corruption is not one of them.


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