The video shows the off-duty officer chest bumping, pushing, and finally beating the grandmother @ Hooters.... The woman was arrested and placed in jail for 100 days.
OAK LAWN, Ill. — A controversial video showing an alleged beating of a Chicago grandmother at an Oak Lawn Hooters restaurant has led to a civil lawsuit.
The woman was sentenced to 100 days in jail for her part in the incident.
The video, caught on a security camera last January, shows a dispute getting overheated between a customer and a restaurant security officer, identified in the lawsuit as Joseph Schmidt, an Oak Lawn police officer who was working at Hooters as private security guard. The woman, 47-year old Livier Torres, had just finished eating lunch at the restaurant with her daughter and a family friend.
The video shows Torres talking to two waitresses for a couple minutes and then a manager until she throws her credit card and bill on the counter. Moments later a security guard, an off-duty Oak Lawn police officer, appears to approach and bump the woman with his arms crossed.
At that point, the woman's daughter tries to separate the two, first facing her mother, then Schmidt. After obvious pushing and shoving with words exchanged, Schmidt appears to grab or slap Torres by her neck or side of the face. He then appears to subdue Torres after putting her in a headlock and bringing her to the floor, just out of the security camera's range.
At the same time many of the restaurant's patrons rush to the scene of the commotion, some shouting, others recording the moment on their cell phones. It's about 8 minutes then until police arrived and arrested Torres.
The lawsuit alleges that Schmidt physically attacked Torres by grabbing and choking her, then throwing her to the ground where he "continued to kick and stomp her while on the floor, even when other patrons objected to his actions."
The lawsuit seeks $280,000 for punitive and compensatory damages. It stated that Torres sufferered serious personal injuries that would continue to plague her in the future.
Torres' son, Michael, told WGN-TV her mother was sentenced to 100 days in jail for the incident after being charged with assault, and is being housed at the maximum security wing of women's division at Cook County jail.
"When I saw him approach her with his elbows out trying lean up against her. If I was there, I would have said, 'Hey, why are you leaning against her?' That shows right there he was trying to start something," he said.
Torres conceded his mother was angry, and that the three shared a pitcher of beer while at the restaurant.
"She's not one to hold back her feelings," he said.