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