Motorist: Cop slammed me into car

A South Side woman said a Chicago Police officer slammed her repeatedly into the door of her car and detained her for more than 10 hours after a traffic dispute.

Beverly Wilson Ellison, 48, said she sought medical treatment for bruises she received during the Oct. 4 incident. She has filed a complaint with the city's Office of Professional Standards, which investigates allegations of police brutality.

Ellison's account of the incident matched that of a neighbor who said she was sitting on her porch and watched the arrest unfold.

A police spokesman said he was unaware of the incident, and that it would be premature to comment on it. He declined to make the arresting officer available for an interview.

When asked for his name, the spokesman hung up on a reporter.

Ellison, who works as a computer technician, told the Daily News the incident occurred shortly before 9:00 a.m. as she drove her two daughters, 10 and 11 years old, to school.

As she approached the corner of 103rd Street and Aberdeen, Ellison saw a large number of police cars.

One of the police cars pulled into her lane of traffic on Aberdeen, forcing her to stop, she said.

"He doesn't move, so we don't move," she said.

According to Wilson, the officer then pulled up alongside her and and asked her what she was looking at.

"I'm looking at you," she said.

Ellison continued through the intersection.

The officer pulled her over in the next block, Ellison said.

Ellison said her driver's side window was broken, so she opened her door to hand her license to the officer.

She stepped out of her SUV.

Ellison, who is 5-foot-5 and weighs 120 pounds, said she has a repetitive motion injury that makes it painful to raise her arms.

She said the officer raised her hands over her head, dragged her into the street, and slammed her torso into the side of the SUV as her daughters watched.

"He kept banging me against my truck," she said.

"I thought, this must not be the real police," Ellison said. "I started yelling, 'call 911!'" she said. "Once I started yelling, he started yelling, 'are you crazy? Are you on medication? Why are you resisting arrest?'"

At that point, Ellison said, two other police officers arrived. One of them joined in slamming her against the car, she said.

Ellison said she was placed in the back of a squad car and told that police were looking for a robbery suspect.

Ellison said she was then taken to the 22nd District police station at 111th and Morgan Park, where she sat handcuffed to a metal pole and was told that she would be charged with resisting arrest.

Police released Ellison 10 hours after she was pulled over, and never charged her with resisting arrest, she said.

Ellison said she suffered bruising on her arms, torso and right leg during the arrest. She showed a reporter photos of bruises on her left arm.

She went to the hospital the following day, she said, and was given over-the-counter pain medication.

"She was crying for the next two days," said her husband, Gilbert.

Ellison provided the Daily News with copies of a traffic ticket and a bond recognizance form that support portions of her account.

Both are dated Oct. 4.

The traffic ticket charges her with running a stop sign at 8:57 a.m. while she was northbound in the 10300 block of S. Aberdeen.

The bond form shows she was released at 7:30 p.m. on her own recognizance and was charged with running a stop sign.

Neither of the documents provided by Ellison indicates that she was charged with resisting arrest.

Ellison said she had never been arrested before last week's incident. A state records check found no criminal history for Ellison.

Robbin Henry lives on Carpenter Street near where Ellison was pulled over, and said she watched the incident from her porch.

"That one guy snatched her out of her car," she said.  "He didn't ask her to get out, he yanked her up out of that car."

"She was screaming 'somebody help me, somebody help me," said Henry. 

Ellison's daughters were in the car "screaming and crying," said Henry.

According to Henry, the officer pushed Ellison into the side of her black Chevy Blazer several times.

"He wasn't treating her like you would treat a woman, not for a regular traffic stop," said Henry.  "I never had a traffic stop like that."

"She wasn't fighting," said Henry.


LEASHA, 10-15-2007

The fact that this young woman is a VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY OF 27 YEARS should also be noted. This is what happens when you serve your country honorably; you're still treated like a slave when you try to exist in your own neighborhood.


The Daily News is working on a series of articles about police brutality in Chicago. We'd be interested in hearing from other city residents who have had similar experiences with the police. You can e-mail me at geoff (at) chitowndailynews (dot) org.

RACHEL, 10-15-2007

Disgusting. Police brutality cases are getting more news these days, but much like the Jena 6 case, it's something that goes on all the time. I wonder when people will really start to care.


Just another example of how much life

has not changed. The Bev that I have known would never have a reason to be arrested or be manhandled. It is an insult to all afro-americans, particularly women. If any sort of hearing happens, Bev can count

on the Montgomery's for support. God

bless this strong sister !!! DON'T LET


CUZ, 10-21-2007

There is an inconsistency in this story.Mrs Ellison states that her window was broken and she opened her door to give the officer her documents and that she STEPPED OUT of her car. This witness claims the officer yanked her out of her car. You can't have it both ways. If she stepped out of her car without being instructed to do so by the officer, then that was her first mistake. 1st rule when stopped by the police is to remain in your vehicle with your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them. wait until the officer instructs you to exit the vehicle. After that who knows what's going to happen, but this is what they(the police) say you do. Course this does not guarantee that you'll be treated civilly but at least you followed the so called rules. If the officer pulled her out of the car, as the neighbor said then he was wrong from the get go and she has an excessive force thing happening. In either case the officer was wrong, but I bet they use the fact that she exited the vehicle without being told as part of defending the officer's actions. She needs a pit bull lawyer to go after the police officers that did this. Unfortunately, most of the time nothing happens. The police take care of police even when their wrong. Sue em sister. Take em to the MAX. That's you only redress.


Thanks Geoff for your coverage of my story.

Cuz: Please view the subsequent news coverage and you'll have a clearer visual idea of the sequence of events. I only stepped out of the truck AFTER the officer's whole head was physically inside of my truck, breathing in/on my face.

Thanks everyone for your comments. By the way, I am 5'3", appr 106-112 lbs and I wear a Size 3


CBS 2 News, Mon, 15 OCT 07

WBBM Newsradio 780 AM, 16 OCT 07

Chicago Defender, Wed, 17 OCT 07 (Below)

VICKI LONG, 10-22-2007

Ms. Ellison, The next time a police person asks you "what are you looking at?" Please respond - " so sorry officer, I may be creating a traffic 'gape' here - I'll move on if it's Ok...." - but even in elementary school the response you gave (I'm looking at you)was grounds for anger.... and I feel you know that. Always 'lick before you kick' especially when someone is carrying a gun with a license to use it... what were you thinking? The officer would smile and joke that you are a "smarty" - I don't think so.


"I'm looking at you. You came into our lane and you almost hit us", is the entire line which is missing here in this column.

Thank you for your perception based entirely on this column, not witnessing the incident and your presumptuousness and facetiousness. Carpe Diem!

MICHELE BROCK, 10-22-2007

The officer asked, "What are you looking at?" and Beverly answered the question, "I'm looking at you." Plain and simple! What the hell type of world is it that we're living in? Are we back in the days where we as colored folks can't make eye contest with white folks, let alone, white law enforcement officers and our responses basically have to be, "Yessah massah?" I don't think so! ...and, further more, her response in NO WAY dictated the physical response that she received! Some of these officers are on some form of crack and as far as I am concerned, the buck stops here! Beverly is my friend and she is one of the most respectful, congenial people that I know and thank God for the gentleman who came forward and gave an his account of what he saw take place. These officers will NOT get away with what they did to Beverly and to her daughters because that is a visual that they will never forget and I wasn't even there and I won't forget. They barked up the wrong tree this time around! Trust me on that!