Family Files Suit After CPD Squad Car Injures Woman

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The family of a 34-year-old woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that a Chicago police officer recklessly turned his police car ran her over, causing her to suffer a traumatic brain injury.

According to police, officials had spoken to the Martina Standley just moments before the incident that occurred in the 2000 block of East 71st Street at approximately 6 p.m.  Wednesday, when they began to leave the scene. As they pulled away, the Standley’s right leg became stuck under a wheel on the passenger side of the vehicle.

The family says Standley “attempted to communicate” with officers inside the SUV, when the officer behind the wheel accelerated from a parked position and turned into her.

Standley ended up hitting her head on the pavement, and her leg was pinned under the squad car shortly before being rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

A CPD spokesperson told NBC 5 that “as officers were leaving the area, the female subject’s right leg became stuck under the passenger side tire of the vehicle.”

The family is asking Mayor Lori Lightfoot for a full independent investigation, public release of the names of the CPD officers involved and the public release of all videos obtained by the police department.

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