Video allegedly shows police beating woman who shoplifted in Iowa


Brandie Reddell

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — A security camera captured video of alleged police brutality in Iowa.

According to WQAD, the recorded incident occurred in February. Brandie Reddell — the suspect who was struck and held down by the officers in the video — admitted to stealing from a Von Maur department store in Northpark Mall before the apparent attack.

A camera inside the store captured at least part of what occurred when Davenport police responded to the store to arrest Redell, who is seen being held down as she’s struck multiple times.

“I was asking him why was this happening and I was crying. I was screaming, begging for someone to help me,” Redell told WQAD.

Redell’s right eye was swollen shut after the encounter. She was taken to the hospital for treatment before being booked in jail.

WQAD reports there’s no audio on the store tape, but Redell tells the station she can be seen on her phone calling her boyfriend to come pick their 14-month-old daughter up while she was being taken to jail. She says when one of the officers identified as Scott Crow heard her boyfriend’s name, she says he told her, “This is going to get real ugly, real quick.”

Police Chief Frank Donchez tells WQAD an internal investigation found that the officers violated policy and were disciplined, but he says the violations did not require that anyone involved lose their job.

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