A Cook County jury returned a verdict of $1.38 million on October 14 for a 67-year-old woman who suffered a heart attack and stroke after being shoved to the ground by 25th District Chicago police officer Jorge Cerda.
According to Plaintiff’s attorneys Jeff Neslund and Michael Robbins, Officer Cerda was trying to arrest the plaintiff’s daughter on the porch of her home when he shoved the plaintiff to the ground in the doorway. Plaintiff’s head hit the marble floor, causing subdural bleeding. When the plaintiff went to the police station to complain about the rough treatment, Cerda arrested her, charged her with aggravated assault and threatened to have her deported.
Plaintiff had a heart attack while in the police lock up and was hospitalized for two days. Only an hour after she was discharged, she was readmitted to the hospital, suffering an ischemic stroke, which left her permanently paralyzed on her left side.
The plaintiff asserted claims for battery, false arrest, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The City of Chicago employed its foolish “no settlement” policy and offered the Plaintiff nothing to resolve the case prior to trial.