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Woman attacked by homeless sues Jewel

A woman who says she was attacked by a homeless man and woman while leaving a Jewel Food Store is suing the store and the alleged homeless individuals.

Jennifer Hall says that while she and her fiance were leaving the Jewel store at 1224 S. Wabash, she was approached by defendants Derrick King and Joyce Burgess who requested a cigarette and when Hall denied them, she was physically attacked. 

The complaint states that "homeless persons and others were known to loiter outside the [store], commonly congregating on the wall along the sidewalk."  The complaint further states that Jewel was negligent when it, among other things, "improperly permitted homeless persons and others to loiter on said premises when they knew or should have known that such persons had a violent propensity," and "that such persons posed a risk to persons lawfully on said premises."

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Woman: Hurt as Oswego police yank man from car

A woman says she was injured while Oswego police yanked a man from his car, causing it to run into her vehicle.

Monica Hernandez says that two Oswego police officers tried to stop two men from leaving a shopping center parking lot and, as they attempted to pull one of them from the vehicle, it violently collided with the car she was driving.

The complaint states that Hernandez was taken to the hospital and sustained head, neck and lower back injuries.

Hernandez is suing the police officers, the police department and the Village of Oswego.

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Man says Markham police broke his jaw after traffic stop

A man says after being pulled over in Markham and not having his driver's license on him, he was told to go to the Markham police station where several officers beat him, breaking his jaw and leg.

Rafael Sanders says that on August 18, 2008, after dropping his son and a friend off on S. Honore in the city of Markham, he was pulled over by defendant Officer P. Sheehan and asked to produce his driver's license and proof of insurance.  According to the complaint, the following then occurred:

- When Sanders asked why he was being pulled over, Sheehan responded "Because I can."
- Sanders produced his insurance card and state identification card but realized he left his driver's license at home.
- Sheehan stated "You better have $100.00 to post bond" to which Sanders asked for what and Sheehan responded "For these tickets I'm about to give you. Follow me to the police station."
- Sanders parked in front of the Markham police station and Sheehan drove to the rear of the station.  Sanders exited his vehicle and walked to the rear and found Sheehan engaged in a casual conversation with defendant Officer Newman.  Sanders requested the tickets and his identification and insurance card.  Sheehan responded "You'll get your tickets when I'm ready."  Sanders said he would speak to a supervisor and began to walk toward the front of the police station but was grabbed by Newman and shoved against the wall.  Sheehan then sprayed pepper spray in his eyes.
- Sheehan then drove his right knee into Sanders' face, breaking Sanders' jaw and dislodging numerous teeth.
- Newman stuck Sanders on the left side with a police baton.
- Sheehan choked Sanders and pulled his hair so hard that several patches came out.
- Defendant officer D. Walker and Unknown Officers 1 through 4 then approached and "tazed" Sanders.
- Sanders posted bond and was picked up by his mother who then drove him to the orthodontist who ordered him to go to the emergency room.
- At the University of Chicago emergency room, it was revealed that Sanders' jaw was broken and his right fibula was broken.
- The next day, after seeing an orthodontist, it was revealed that Sanders' teeth were out of their sockets but hovering above his gum line being held by his braces.
- Sanders was then charged with Resisting a Peace Officer and two counts of Battery and two traffic citations - Improper Parking on Roadway and No Drivers License on Person.

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Lawsuit: Beaten up for taking a picture of the Hanson Brothers

A Chicago woman is suing the House of Blues and a security guard for allegedly assaulting her after she took a photo of the Hanson Brothers' tour bus.

 

Brittney Hernandez says that on October 12, 2009, after attending the Hanson Brothers concert at the House of Blues, she waited outside with other Hanson fans for the group's tour bus to depart when she was attacked by a House of Blues' security guard for taking a public photograph.

 

The complaint also states that the security guard took possession of Hernandez' property, presumably her camera.

 

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Estate of man stabbed to death with medieval dagger files suit in civil court

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The estate of a man stabbed to death with a medieval dagger is suing the man who stabbed him in civil court after he was acquitted in criminal court on the theory of self-defense.

According to the complaint, in the early morning hours of March 5, 2008, decedent Terrance M. Hauser and defendant Joseph Biedermann met at a local bar in Hoffman Estates and then went back to Hauser's apartment where Biedermann stabbed Hauser 61 times in the throat, abdomen, buttocks, back, groin, hands, face and chest.

Among the causes of action asserted in the complaint are wrongful death.

Read about the acquittal of Biedermann here.

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Lawsuit: Assaulted with butcher knife at Uncle Joe's Tropical Diner

A man says he was held against his will, attacked and swiped at with a butcher knife at Uncle Joe's Diner.

A complaint filed today by Michael Myles states that on November 9, 2007, while Myles was a patron at the diner, defendant Joe Neish confronted him "for which an unprovoked altercation ensued."

The complaint then states that Myles was locked inside the restaurant against his will, kicked, pushed, punched and swiped at with a large butcher knife by employees of the defendant and by Neish (whose name is spelled 'Neisch' at other points in the complaint).

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City of Harvey Alderman Keith Price accused of beating man over parked cars

An alderman for the city of Harvey is accused of beating a man over an altercation about cars parked on one of the city's streets.

Christopher Wilson says that on May 2, 2008, while working at Midnite Auto on S. Halsted in Harvey, Keith Price, alderman of the 6th ward of the city, drove up to the business and verbally demanded from his car that Wilson move certain automobiles that were parked in front of Midnite Auto.

According to the complaint, the following then occurred:

- When Wilson refused to move the automobiles, Price exited his car and demanded that Wilson get the owner of Midnite Auto. 
- Wilson told Price to "get the owner yourself."
- As Wilson looked away, Price attacked him "with a series of punches to the head," which were so severe that Wilson's jaw was fractured and he lost consciousness.

The complaint further states that Price made the demands on Midnite Auto in response to calls from senior citizens that the cars parked in front of the business were blocking their view of northbound traffic as they turned onto S. Halsted.

The plaintiffs originally filed in federal court.  Read the opinion on that case here

The opinion left open the opportunity for plaintiffs to file in state court, which they have done today. Read the complaint after the jump.

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Man sues bar after being denied re-entry

A man says security staff at Shadow Bar beat him up after he tried to regain access to the bar to retrieve his coat.

Kareem Levy says he was a patron at Shadow Bar on Lake Street in Chicago last December when he "started to fall asleep" inside the establishment.  Security staff suggested Levy go outside to get some fresh air, which he did, and then "after becoming more awake," Levy attempted to re-enter the bar to retrieve his coat and car keys but was not allowed in because "there were some celebrities inside."

When Levy tried to explain that he needed his keys to drive home to the suburbs and to "keep warm during the cold December night," the security staff escalated the situation into an argument and struck, kicked and beat up Levy, the complaint states.

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Woman says she was beat up at House of Blues Chicago

A woman is suing the House of Blues Chicago for injuries she said she sustained when she was beaten and restrained by a security guard while at the venue.

According to the complaint, on July 20, 2008, plaintiff Kristen Chopp was removed from a public and common area of the venue and taken to an isolated room by defendant security officer Rikki Jones.  The complaint states that while in the isolated room, Chopp was held against her will and battered on her face and body. 

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Striker says he was beat up by Marriott personnel

A man who was striking outside the Renaissance Chicago Hotel is suing the hotel's parent Marriott International after he was allegedly beaten by security personnel.

According to the complaint, on September 18, 2009, plaintiff Miguel Avitia was on the sidewalk of the hotel in the course of his employment as an organizer of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, which the complaint notes is engaged in a labor dispute with Marriott International, Inc.

The complaint states that Avitia was engaged in protected activities on the sidewalk in front of the Renaissance Chicago Hotel when unknown agents of Marriott "grabbed [him] from the sidewalk...dragged [him] inside...and repeatedly kicked and punched [him]."

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Nurse sues Chicago cop for arrest in ER

You may have heard by now about the ER nurse arrested while at work at Illinois Masonic Hospital.

According to the complaint, on August 1, 2009, plaintiff Lisa Hofstra was working as the "charge nurse" in the emergency room when, at 4AM, defendant Officer Rodriguez demanded a DUI kit of an individual.  When Hoftstra informed Rodriguez that the individual must first be admitted to the hospital, Rodriguez placed her in handcuffs and escorted her into a police car, the complaint states.

Read more about the case here.

Watch an interview with plaintiff's attorney here.

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Man alleges he was beat up at Dominick's

A Chicago man is suing Dominick's and three of its employees for allegedly beating him without provocation at the store on N. Clybourn.

In the complaint filed today, Orlando Aguirre states that on August 26, 2008, he was a "business invitee" at the store when he was physically attacked by Juan Hernandez, Israel Rosario and Daniel Luna, employees of Dominicks.

The complaint further states that Dominick's was negligent when it, among other things, "carelessly and negligently failed to adequately train and supervise security personnel," "carelessly and negligently failed to perform criminal background checks and otherwise screen their security personnel," and "carelessly and negligently failed to warn those on the premises of the likelihood for a physical altercation to take place."

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Man sues city for striking him with unmarked car

A Chicago man is suing the city and two police officers for allegedly pursuing him in an unmarked car and striking him with the vehicle as he ran into his backyard.

According to the complaint, on September 22, 2007, plaintiff Richard Brown was driving near his home in Chicago when he heard gunshots and began to drive away from the gunshots in the opposite direction, at which point defendants Rick Caballero and Alex Granius, both Chicago police officers, began to pursue him in an unmarked car.

The defendants neither sounded their siren nor displayed flashing lights and Brown was unaware they were police officers, the complaint states.  Rather, Brown "feared for his safety because he believed he was being pursued by individuals who had been in the area where Plaintiff heard the gunfire from which he was attempting to flee."

The complaint states that when he got back to his home, Brown exited his car and ran toward his backyard and, as he ran, either Caballero or Granius struck him with an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria.

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Estate of woman beat by heroin supplier sues supplier and his parents

The estate of a 20 year old woman is suing the man who allegedly supplied her with heroin and beat her to death as well as the man's parents.

The complaint, filed today in the Circuit Court of Cook County, states that in the early morning hours of June 29, 2008, defendant Thomas Young, who was 21 years old at the time, bought heroin and then invited decedent Gina Dominick to go to his parents' house in Prospect Heights where "he would supply her with some of the heroin he had purchased."

The complaint further states that Gina went to the home owned and occupied by defendants Chester and Teresa Young with Thomas Young where Thomas Young then "violently struck and beat" her.  Elsewhere in the complaint, it states that Gina "used and/or ingested" the heroin supplied to her by Thomas and that she became seriously ill as a result of overdosing. 

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Man Sues Alleged Attacker and Bar that Served Him

A Chicago man is suing another man for hitting him while intoxicated and is also suing the bar that served the defendant.

According to the complaint, on November 30, 2008, Plaintiff David E. Alcazar was at Bon V Nightclub on Randolph Street in Chicago where "the alcoholic beverages sold or given to [defendant] Rudy M. Acevedo, caused him to become intoxicated." 

The complaint then states "As a direct and proximate result of such intoxication, Acevedo hit Plaintiff with a bar glass."

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Juvie Counselor Accused of Beating Minor

The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center wants the decision to terminate a former employee restored.

According to the complaint, on December 21, 2006, former employee Lamont Johnson "got into a physical altercation with a minor resident of the JTDC striking him and causing a laceration to his left eyebrow" and that Johnson admitted to "wrestling" on a table with the minor resident.

The complaint states that the minor had to be transported to the hospital where he received sutures to the wound and, after an investigation, Johnson was terminated. 

The complaint further states that an arbitration hearing was then held, that the minor resident refused to cooperate and was not present at the hearing, and the Arbitrator ruled that the JTDC lacked cause to terminate the employment of Johnson.

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DCFS Policies Violated in Alleged Foster Care Abuse

The parents of a minor child who was in foster care are suing the foster parents, case worker and agency after the child was allegedly beaten while in care.

Plaintiffs Mariam Lee and Bernard Hightower allege that their daughter was placed in foster care with defendant Booker Terry who battered and beat her "on her head causing her to suffer severe brain damage."  The complaint further states that Booker Terry was not a licensed foster parent and it was illegal and against DCFS policies to place the child in that home. 

The plaintiffs also allege that the defendant agency and its employees knew that Booker Terry had a history of violence and committed acts of violence against their daughter. 

To read the complaint, click here.

United Methodist Church Daycare Sued for Abuse

An unnamed woman is suing a daycare associated with the Ministries of the United Methodist Church on behalf of her son for abuse she alleges occurred at the daycare.

According to the complaint, on May 7, 2009, defendant Jerome Morgan, an employee of the Marcy Center, a daycare center on S. Springfield in Chicago, "attacked, assaulted and battered" the minor plaintiff.

The complaint goes on to state that defendants named - including the Chicago Board of Education which controlled the elementary school where minor plaintiff was enrolled at the time - owe a duty to its students to protect them from "sexual assault and/or battery by its employees."

To read the complaint, click here.

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