Cop Beats Woman Shoplifter on Video
Iowa woman says her eyesight still hasn't recovered
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2013 3:43 PM CDT
Updated Aug 6, 2013 4:40 PM CDT
An officer moves in on Brandie Redell.   (BGA Investigates)

(Newser) – An Iowa shoplifter is contemplating legal action after a cop beat her repeatedly about the head and face—all in view of a store video camera, NBC Chicago reports. Brandie Redell admits she was trying to steal clothing at a Von Maur Department Store in February when store personnel escorted her to a security office. The office video (click the NBC Chicago link) shows Redell with her young daughter and two Davenport policemen, when one of the cops suddenly attacks her.

Another video segment shows an officer holding Redell while the other punches her. That officer, Scott Crow, says he attacked because Redell had bit his finger and refused to let go—but the video shows him attacking with both fists. As it stands, Crow has faced disciplinary action at his department, and Redell says her vision was impaired by the attack. "I think it's important to demand the same kind of accountability for him that she's facing for her shoplifting accusation," says the head of a journalism non-profit group.

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Aug 9, 2013 11:10 AM CDT
She is one of those scumbags who probably is on food stamps and welfare stealing from the taxpayers and has no work ethic or pride and will pass this on to her kids like others do
Aug 9, 2013 10:26 AM CDT
I am a correction officer and have seen to many criminals like this. If she's done it once she's has done it a hundred times. I hate thieves as much as any inmate, their attitude is "so we stole, it doesn't hurt anyone". But if someone steals their stuff in prison they fell justified in using lethal force against the person stealing their stuff. Beat it a shame we don't have sharia law here shoplifters would certainly think twice. No sympathy for this lady, had she not shoplifted there would be no story.
Aug 7, 2013 1:10 PM CDT
She deserved what she got.