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TV6 Investigates: Davenport Police Officers Accused of Using 'Too Much Force'

Updated: Aug 6, 2013 09:46 PM
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Caught on tape, Davenport Police officers and an accused shoplifter in a questionable incident that has some questioning -- did they use too much force? 

Video captures a Davenport Police officer striking an accused shoplifter several times. That person was 34 year old Brandie Redell of Davenport.

On February 18th, Redell was taken in for questioning regarding a shoplifting incident at the Von Maur store at Northpark Mall.     

Surveillance video shows Redell saying something to the officers, then one of them, Officer Scott Crow, moves to restrain her, punching her several times in the process.  

This all happened with Redell's one year old daughter in the room, she was then quickly removed. 

The Davenport Police Department conducted an internal investigation, but the officer involved is still on the force. 

The Davenport Police chief tells TV6 this incident was investigated, it was found the officer did violate policy and they used more force than necessary.    

The officer was disciplined, but police won't release any more details.    

Now both officers still have their jobs, and it's something Redell and her family want to see changed.   

"I received a total of four blows, plus a couple of knees," Redell says of the incident. 

"The vessel in the eye was broken, they said I had a concussion too," she says. 

Redell says she was on the phone trying to get someone to pick up her daughter, when things got out of control.  

"His [Crow's] exact words to me were, ‘This is going to get really ugly really quick,'" Redell says. 

In the video, you can see Redell on the phone say something to the officer before he comes at her.  

"He lunged at me, he came at me," she says, "I fell from the chair a little bit and went to the ground face first and he was rubbing my face in the carpet telling me, ‘This is not going to happen like this, I'm in charge here.'" 

The police report states Redell was cursing and seemed ready to fight with clenched fists, something she denies. 

"I've heard that he said I was clenching my fists and I was swearing at him, but I had been on the phone call with my child's father for a good 7-8 minutes, so where that happened at, I don't know," Redell says. 

"I just didn't think that being beat up should be a result of what I had done," she says. 

Davenport Police investigated the incident and determined the officers involved did use more force than necessary. 

"There were violations of policy, they were investigated and they were addressed," Chief Frank Donchez says. 

He says this video isn't the whole story.  

"I know there's strong reactions, but like so many videos you're getting out there, you're getting a snap shot of what occurred," Donchez says, "The officer was bit [by Redell], I'm not here to justify the officer's actions, but the officer was injured and treated at the hospital as well." 

With the officers still on the job, Redell has reached out to civil rights group, 'Living and Driving While Black,' who plan to file a civil rights lawsuit in the case. 

"As Americans we should not tolerate public servants like the police and other entities who we pay to serve and protect us," President and Founder David Lowery, Jr. says, "I want to make sure there's not another Brandie beating." 

Redell says she hopes this will help shed light on an ugly situation.  

"This probably isn't going to help me, but I do hope that other people can see this and benefit from it," she says, "Maybe now they can find their own voices and say something similar has happened to them, or maybe citizens can band together and say we're not going to take this." 

Redell has pled guilty to her theft charges and has been convicted of theft before. She'll be sentenced August 23rd. She was also charged with assault causing injury to an officer, but tells us those charges are expected to be dropped at sentencing.  

The president of the civil rights group, Living and Driving While Black also tells TV6 they're working with the Justice Department to investigate.