June 3, 2014, — In a July 2013 incident, Chinese American Jessica Klyzek suffered bruises on her face, wrist and arms when she struggled with two Chicago police officers in her store. Police were raiding the Copper Tan and Spa on North Milwaukee on suspicion of prostitution. But the manager Jessica Klyzek screamed and cursed at them that she had done nothing wrong. Her attorney Torreya Hamilton says one cop hit her in the head, and Ms. Klyzek has filed lawsuit against Chicago PD seeking unspecified damages.
“A police officer wearing a police uniform hit a woman in the head from behind while she is handcuffed behind her back and kneeling on the ground. I would like to see someone try to justify that,” said Hamilton.
Another officer is heard telling her that she is not American and he would put her in a UPS box and ship her back to wherever she came from. She is from China but is a U.S. citizen since 2011.
The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) calls on Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago to issue an apology on behalf of the Chicago Police Department for the conduct of officers who abused an American citizen of Asian descent.
As seen in this video link, one officer handcuffed the woman, pushed her to the floor, and struck her on the back of the head. A second officer shouted, “You’re not ‘f______’ American…I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever you came from…I’ll take this building and you’ll be dead and your family will be dead.”
The words and actions of these officers are an offense to deeply held American values, a threat to the lives and safety of all Americans, and a stain on the reputation of the City of Chicago. APAPA calls on the Mayor to expunge that stain with an apology and investigation.
APAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan and grassroots organization. Its mission is to promote the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education, active participation, and leadership in civic and public affairs.
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