CHICAGO (CBS) — A College of DuPage student claims she sustained several injuries after campus police arrested her during class last year, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court.
On December 7, 2014, Jaclyn Pazera was at her desk in philosophy class when two campus police officers tackled Pazera and arrested her for trespassing, according to Pazera’s attorney, Blake Horwitz.
The arrest was captured on video by a witness in the class. It shows the officers trying to subdue Pazera and repeatedly tell her to “stop resisting.” At one point, Pazera says the officers are hurting her.
According to the lawsuit, the incident began when Pazera was smoking a cigarette outside of the building during class break.
She was given a verbal warning regarding the college’s smoke-free policy before returning to class.
The police officers followed her inside and proceeded to arrest Pazera for trespass.
According to the lawsuit, Pazera sustained several injuries during the altercation.
One of the officers used a stun gun to threaten a witness who had recorded the scene to surrender his phone.
All charges against Pazera were later dropped.
According to a news release, “The Plaintiff hopes that this lawsuit will bring about change and prevent future violations of students’ rights.”
“College of DuPage just learned of, but has not yet reviewed, the lawsuit that was filed today,” a spokesperson for COD said in a prepared statement. “Student safety is of utmost importance to us. Of course, we will investigate to determine the facts and take appropriate action.”