Blame the Police
- A California woman displayed bizarre behavior in a South Side police lockup in May, refusing to be fingerprinted, screaming all night for help and smearing bodily fluids on the walls, sources said.
But a hierarchy of Chicago Police officials allegedly failed to heed her symptoms of mental illness or act on her mother's statement to an officer that her daughter suffered from bipolar disorder.
- A police internal investigation is expected to lead to discipline against officers -- possibly including a watch commander -- for violating the department's rules on handling mentally ill detainees and displaying a lack of concern about her condition, sources said.
Not having access to any of the reports regarding this woman's incarceration, we can't really make judgments about how this whole incident went down. We wouldn't be surprised to learn that the entire Sun Times timeline is pieced together from plaintiff's reports and investigations in order to leverage a larger settlement out of the City. The whole lawsuit smacks of crass opportunism following a series of bad lifestyle choices by the victim and poor decisions by her caretakers in California.