A man has filed a personal injury suit alleging that a Belleville, Illinois police officer hit his head on the hood of a police cruiser.

According to the suit filed on March 12 in Illinois’ St. Clair County Circuit Court by Peter Huster, the September 13 incident caused him to suffer personal injury, pain and suffering, and lost wages. The suit names Belleville officer Timothy Crimm, other unknown officers, and the city of Belleville as defendants.

The suit says the Huster was celebrating his birthday at Mo-Jacks Bar in Belleville on the night of the incident. He attempted to go up the stairs, not knowing the top floor was a private residence.

The suit says that upon realizing his mistake, he retreated down the stairs and was confronted by the resident. His friends intervened on his behalf and ushered him outside. However, the resident still called the police.

According to the complaint, Crimm arrived at the scene and began to search for Huster. However, Huster had left and was riding in a vehicle with two females when he was stopped by an officer.

The suit says that after Huster identified himself, he was handcuffed and detained by Crimm and other officers. The suit says that he did not resist, but Crimm and the other officers, with no legal justification, “bounced his face on the hood of a patrol car,” which caused him to suffer severe physical damage.

The complaint claims Crimm’s actions were in violation of Huster’s Fourth and Eight amendment rights.

The suit also claims the city of Belleville was in violation of Huster’s rights through its hiring of Crimm.

Huster seeks damages in excess of $300,000, plus costs, from the six-count suit.

Yeah this doesn't surprise me one bit. There has been a lot of lawsuits recently against the belleville police for Police Brutality. The most recent case is on video and is very disturbing so they can't defend themselves on that one. I work for St.Clair county and it amazes me how the Police force hires people like this. The Officer should be arrested and charged with a felony. Also I bet they conveniently loose the officers dash board cams that had all of this on video. That right there is tampering with evidence and flat out corruption. Any officer that was with Crimm when this happened and defends a man who does the opposite of protecting and serving the people should be fired as well. Very Unprofessional especially with a caliber job that he has and he abuses his authority plus people. NOT GOOD BELLEVILLE ANOTHER POLICE BRUTALITY LAWSUIT IN THE BOOKS.....
by Will April 22, 2009 at 02:56 PM
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