Chicago police accused of malicious wrongful arrest

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 24, 2015

A Cook County woman is suing Chicago and two police officers, alleging unlawful treatment.

A Cook County woman is suing Chicago and two police officers, alleging unlawful treatment.

Stephanie Holmes of Chicago filed a lawsuit June 23 in Cook County Circuit Court against the city of Chicago and police officers Davis Marinez and Macario Chavez, alleging malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress in a 2012 altercation that resulted in wrongful arrest and professional disadvantage for the plaintiff.

According to the complaint, on March 18, 2012, Holmes was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by Marinez and Chavez near 7502 S. Exchange, Chicago. The suit says Holmes was handcuffed, questioned, and arrested and the officers used derogatory racial terms in addressing her and falsified the arrest report with charges of drug possession and illegal weapons possession.

The lawsuit states Holmes was detained at Cook County Jail for more than  a month, then placed on house arrest for approximately 18 months. Having worked as a security guard, Holmes alleges she could not find alternative employment following her sentence.

The plaintiff maintains the officers acted under the cover of law and within their scope as city employees when they falsified evidence. The suit states Holmes has suffered emotional anguish, humiliation, fear and anxiety as a direct and proximate result of the defendants’ misconduct. She alleges physical, emotional and economic damages.

Holmes seeks compensation in excess of $50,000 plus attorney fees and costs. She is represented by attorney Christopher Smith of Christopher Smith Trial Group in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L0006379.

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