Joliet Cops Accused in Lawsuit of Injuring & Framing Man w/ Resisting Arrest

Joliet Cops Accused in Lawsuit of Injuring & Framing Man w/ Resisting Arrest

Cops don’t only abuse and flex their badge and gun on black people and other minorities. They like to grandstand and oppress anyone they feel is less than them. The badge and gun is an automatic leg-up on the competition. It shields them with “qualified immunity” in most cases of rights abuse. That is the state of policing in America 2018. Accountability is at an all-time low while deaths at the hands of police is at an all-time high. But no one seems to notice the problem. More people need to fight back against the tide but not just that… people in high places need to be bought in order to do the bidding of the “real” people. Where is the justice? A lawsuit filed against Joliet police is asking just that.

The Herald-News is reporting one of Joliet’s finest has been named in a federal lawsuit accused of injuring and framing a man in 2016. According to this lawsuit, the officer provided false information leading the victim being charged with resisting arrest. The petitioner, 34-year-old Christopher Simenson, also names the city of Joliet, detective Dwayne Weis, and police officer Nicholas Crowley in the lawsuit. Crowley was recently spared the guillotine after being found not guilty of recklessly firing his gun during a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. The department still gave him a 30-day suspension after an internal affairs investigation.

Crowley is accused of unlawful seizure, excessive force and malicious prosecution by him and Weis. Weis has already been dismissed in the case.

“I think officer Crowley probably lost his temper, did something I assume he regrets but he used excessive force against my client,” said Simenson’s attorney, Ian Barney.

Attorneys for the defense denied the allegations in the lawsuit.

According to The Herald-News:

Simenson alleged in the federal lawsuit that on May 28, 2016, he was sitting on a park bench on Des Plaines Street waiting for his mother to give him a ride when he was approached by several officers, including Crowley.

One of the officers allegedly told Simenson they received an emergency call about a man claiming he was going to jump off the Jefferson Street bridge. But Simenson said he did not threaten to jump off the bridge, only that he was going to wait at the bridge, according to the lawsuit.

Simenson says that Crowley threatened him with handcuffs and a trip downtown if he didn’t go willfully with the officers to the hospital via an ambulance. Naturally, Simenson declined the offer and was slammed face first onto the rear bed of the ambulance.

“The impact split plaintiff’s face open just under his eye and plaintiff began to bleed heavily,” the suit said.

Crowley also provided false information that resulted in Simenson being charged with resisting a police officer, according to the lawsuit.