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TV6 Investigates: Digging Deeper Into Davenport Police Video


It's the video that's brought out strong reactions. 

"I was trying to make sense of it but I couldn't," Brandie Redell of Davenport says. 

Tonight we're learning more behind the controversial surveillance video showing a Davenport police officer hitting a woman accused of shoplifting.     

Davenport Police Chief Frank Donchez released this statement on Facebook, saying: "When this occurred in February 2013, an internal affairs investigation was immediately initiated. It included interviews with all witnesses, review of the officers' audio tapes and a review of the entire video tape." 

The investigation turned up this: "There was a violation of policy and discipline was instituted," Police Chief Frank Donchez says. 

But the officer remains on the job. The Scott County attorney reviewed the video and reports and found 'insufficient evidence' to charge the officer. He declined to comment further because of a pending civil rights lawsuit against the city in this case.  

But the chief said this in a statement: "Discipline is a complex process and by having all of the factual and realistic information, information not available to the public, my decision was made in the best interest of the community."    

Meanwhile Redell readily admits she has a criminal history, she's been convicted of theft before and has spent time in jail for multiple offenses, and she admits to shoplifting that day. 

"I saw something I wanted and I didn't have the money for it, I admit that I was wrong," she says.

She also was charged with theft in April after this incident happened, but she says that doesn't give police the right to do this. 

"It's still hard for me, if the police, even if they're in a car, and they pass by my house, part of me wants to look to see who it is and another part of me doesn't because I'm scared," Redell says. 

While the police report states the officer was trying to restrain Redell when she bit him, she says this:

"That part is true, I did bite him, but that was only after he had me on the ground, he punched me at least two times before then."  

"I did bite him at that point because I tried everything else to get him to stop, and the crying, screaming, nothing was working," she says, "I want Officer Crow to lose his job, but that's probably not going to happen."

For more on this story, visit this link: Davenport Police Accused of Using "Too Much Force"

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