Lawsuit: Hsinlei Shao Says Monrovia Cop Beat Her Into Homelessness
This is one of those it-seriously-sucks-to-be-you kind of stories.
It's about a woman, roughly 5' 2" and 115 pounds, who was trying to deliver time-sensitive blood samples to a medical facility, when she got pulled over by a Monrovia cop.
And let's just say, the woman never did deliver those blood samples on time, as she suddenly found herself preoccupied with her own gushing wound.
In August 2009, courier Hsinlei Shao was about to make another on-time delivery. She could see her destination - the medical facility - across the street when a Monrovia police officer flipped on his lights and pulled her over, according to Shao's recent federal lawsuit against the city.
Shao says that when she asked how long the officer was going to take and explained that she had critical human bio-product in her car that needed to be rushed across the street, the officer ignored her.
When she pressed the issue, asking the officer if he could hold onto her driver's license and car for a few moments so she could deliver the samples, he apparently became enraged.
According to the lawsuit: "Suddenly, [an] unknown officer violently and savagely grabbed [Shao] from behind, smashing her face-first onto the pavement. [Shao], who was wearing glasses at the time, was injured."
Next, Shao says, an officer tossed her into his car and drove her to the police station.
Bleeding from the face, Shao gave a statement to a woman officer, saying that she had done nothing wrong. The officer prepared a report.
Moments after the paperwork was completed, Shao says, a male officer entered the room, read the report and ordered the female officer to destroy it and write up another one.
Shao was then told she was being arrested for attacking a peace officer and spent 2 days in jail.
When she got out, she says, she was promptly fired from her job.
However, Shao says, later on when she showed up for court, she was told that no charges were filed against her.
But by then it didn't matter.
Shao says she could not get her job back and is now unemployed, broke, and homeless, living in her car.
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