A 32-year-old Chicago woman filed a federal lawsuit accusing local vice officers of committing a hate crime while raiding her tanning salon last year by threatening to put her “in a UPS box” despite her being an American citizen, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Security camera footage from the July 2013 raid on the Copper Tan and Spa appears to capture one officer, identified in the lawsuit as Frank Messina, hitting Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek in the head with an open hand while she was handcuffed and kneeling on the floor. The footage also contains audio of another officer, Gerald Di Pascuale, loudly berating Klyzek and refusing to believe her when she tells him she is a U.S. citizen.
“You’re not f*cking American,” Di Pascuale can be heard yelling. “I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f*ck you came from.”
“I’m a citizen, OK?” Klyzek says.
“No you’re not,” he responds. “No, you’re not a citizen. No, you’re not! No, you’re not! You’re here on our borrowed time. So mind your f*cking business before I shut this whole f*cking place down. And I’ll take this place and then whoever owns it will f*cking kill you because they don’t care about you, OK? I’ll take this building. You’ll be dead and your family will be dead.”
Klyzek is in fact a naturalized U.S. citizen, having emigrated from China.
The video shows Di Pascuale’s colleagues standing by the front desk and not intervening. At one point, one tells him, “Hey Gerry, stop talking to her.”
According to a police report, the raid was conducted after one of the salon’s masseuses allegedly offered to perform a sex act for an undercover officer. The video shows a group of plainclothes officers enter the salon and arrest Klyzek, who yells “f*ck you” and “I want my lawyer.” Two of the officers claim that Klyzek bit and scratched them, respectively, prompting another to ask, “Can I just Tase her? F*ck it. I can Tase her 10 f*cking times.”
Police subsequently charged Klyzek with aggravated battery on two occasions, but charges against her were thrown out both times.
Watch the footage, as posted by the Sun-Times, below.
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[h/t Think Progress]