Updated: August 24, 2014 6:34AM
A woman is suing Evergreen Park and several of its police officers, claiming they used excessive force and arrested her without cause when she reported that one of her children was “threatening to kill everybody.”
In June 2013, Sharon Norwood came home to her mother and three children after grocery shopping, according to the lawsuit filed Monday in federal court.
One of Norwood’s children, “M.M.,” came into the kitchen in his underwear and “appeared to be high on drugs,” the suit stated. M.M. was “acting bizarrely and erratically” and “threatening to kill everybody,” so Norwood called police.
When officers arrived, Norwood asked them to take M.M. to a psychiatric treatment facility in Chicago, the suit stated. After hearing her say that, M.M. said something to the effect of: “If I’m going to Hardgrove, this b---- is going to jail because she beat the baby,” the suit stated.
Norwood’s mother told one of the officers that M.M. was lying. The younger child, “C.D.” was frightened and hiding under the dining room table, and M.M., in front of one of the officers, told C.D. to tell officers Norwood beat him, the suit said.
Norwood then pulled C.D. away from M.M. to protect him, but one of the officers pulled his gun and aimed it at Norwood’s head, the suit claimed.
The officer then asked C.D. what happened, and “pressured him to say his mother hurt him,” the suit said. The boy told the officer that his mother did not hurt him and he loved her, but the officer insisted Norwood be arrested, saying “This n----- is going to jail,” the suit stated.
Norwood was eventually arrested for battery, spent about six days in jail before she was able to bond out, and was unable to visit her son or run her home day care until charges were dismissed in September 2013, the suit said. DCFS investigated Norwood, but allegations of abuse and neglect were deemed “unfounded,” the suit said.
A representative of the village could not be reached for comment.
The seven-count suit alleges false arrest, excessive force, unreasonable search and seizure, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It seeks an undisclosed amount in damages.