A North Texas woman is suing police after she said an officer's excessive force caused the rupture of her breast implant.
Rebecca Van Hooser said the Pantego police officer who put her in handcuffs last year was so rough he put her health on a serious downward spiral.
Her attorney Susan Hutchison explained she was pulled over on Oct. 28, 2011 and accused of driving with her lights off after dark, something she disputes. But she also had an outstanding warrant for speeding and that prompted her arrest.
"When he grabs her, her arms are out then far up behind her back to handcuff her," Hutchison said. "She found out it ruptured the implant and she's had four procedures since then and is scheduled for another one because of all the complications as a result of that."
The lawsuit filed in a Tarrant County court indicates Van Hooser screamed in pain, telling the officer she had undergone spinal surgery in 2008 and tried to show him her scar.
The suit said, "Mrs. Van Hooser was in such excruciating pain at that time that she begged for help. She began to lose all feeling in her arms."
It also points out Officer Eric Alvarez replied, "You're not supposed to be comfortable."
Hutchison said while Van Hooser's car was being searched she was in a squad car where she told a second officer about her pain and her surgery. The lawsuit claims that second officer told Officer Alvarez they needed to remove her handcuffs.
"The second officer does eventually come over and says I'll do what I can do. He allows her to be handcuffed in front," the attorney said. "Where does this officer get the idea it's okay to use that amount of force on someone who is doing nothing other than cooperating?"
The Pantego Police Department said it no longer has dash-cam video of the incident. It is also defended its officer.
"Our preliminary investigation shows there is not merit to the allegations," the police chief said in a statement.
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