Bellwood Woman Alleging Police Abuse Sues Maywood, Could Settle for $68K

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Thursday, July 27, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

During a July 18 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees considered voting to approve a $67,500 settlement agreement stemming from a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges that she was abused by Maywood police during a 2014 traffic stop.

So far it isn’t known whether or not the village approved the settlement. This article will be updated once that information is confirmed.

The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed last August by Jasmine Wiley, of Bellwood, against Maywood Police Officers Michael Babicz and George Adamidis, and the village of Maywood.

According to court records, Wiley claims that “on or about September 16, 2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m.,” she was driving near 20th Ave. and Washington Blvd. in Maywood when she was stopped “without a legal basis” by Babicz and Adamidis.

Wiley, who was nine months pregnant at the time, according to court documents, states that she was “forcibly removed” from her vehicle and thrown to the ground and consequently injured.

Wiley also alleges that the officers — whose actions the complaint describes as “intentional, willful and wanton” — “unlawfully searched and seized” her vehicle without probable cause, “unlawfully interfered with” her freedom and detained her “unlawfully,” violating her Fourth and Fourteenth Amended rights.

The lawsuit called the officers’ actions “unreasonable, unprovoked, unnecessary and excessive.” As a result of those actions, the complaint claims, Wiley “suffered violations of her constitutional rights, physical injuries, emotional anxiety, fear, pain and suffering, and monetary loss and expenses.”

Last October, the village’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. In the motion, village attorneys noted that the allegations didn’t rise above the level of speculation.

“Even assuming these allegations are true, they leave the Court speculating as to whether the force used was reasonable, whether the arrest was justified and whether the search and seizure were justified,” the motion read.

The settlement isn’t an admission of “fault, liability or wrongdoing whatsoever on the part of any party,” according to the agreement. Citing personnel concerns, village officials wouldn’t comment on the lawsuit. VFP

The complaint

The motion to dismiss

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3 thoughts on “Bellwood Woman Alleging Police Abuse Sues Maywood, Could Settle for $68K

  1. Wow! There should be a huge discussion with the residents and the trustees of the village of Maywood. Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr.: why are you not putting the fire in Maywood Police Chief Talley to stopping this non-sense?! Chief Talley! What are you doing to stopping this corruption with the police officers and the residents of Maywood? This settlement money is coming out of the taxpayers money. I really believe that there should be some major reform and re-do training with the police officers.

  2. I think you might be making assumptions about the police actions here, there is no admission of guilt on the Village’s part, just a settlement perhaps because litigation could be quite a bit more expensive in the long run. Chicago gets forced into these decisions all the time, whether the actions were justified or not. I think we all want to see the police act correctly and respectfully, but also the last thing I want to see in Maywood is for the police be afraid or reticent to act. I’ve witnessed that in the past here several years ago, and trust me you don’t want that either. I want the police to do their job and take action when necessary. Cops in Chicago are afraid to act in many instances now even though they know who the gang-bangers are, and that doesn’t bode well for communities either.

    1. JQ: I am not making no assumptions about the police actions from the Maywood police department. I just find this very interesting about this settlement. This is the third settlement that the village of Maywood had to approve, and it is coming from the taxpayers’ money. There should be some actions to find out what is really going on with the police department and the citizens of Maywood. That is where Mayor Perkins, Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr. needs to say to Chief Talley, what are you doing about this? Should there be some reform or the police officers need to do some re-training.

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