Marine Corps vet sues sheriff’s office, claims she was forcibly stripped, detained naked for 12 hours

Marine Corps vet sues sheriff’s office, claims she was forcibly stripped, detained naked for 12 hours
Zandrea Askew (Image via ABC News)

[Ed. – Does the fact that she is black have any bearing on the case? And if not, why does ABC News mention that fact in paragraph 3?]

A woman is suing an Illinois sheriff and several of his officers, claiming she was forcibly stripped naked in a “vicious attack” and unlawfully detained in jail for nearly 12 hours.

The alleged incident happened at the LaSalle County Jail on Jan. 20, 2017, after 28-year-old Zandrea Askew was detained early that morning on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. The LaSalle County State’s Attorney dismissed the charges 18 months later, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday states that Askew, an African American Marine Corps veteran who was honorably discharged in 2015, was “falsely arrested” after passing all field sobriety tests and demonstrating no signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Askew, who claims she cooperated with the officers and complied with all their commands, was taken to the jail where she wasn’t given an opportunity to post bail and was “forcibly dragged” into a cell, according to the complaint.

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