Las Vegas police reportedly pinned a woman to burning hot asphalt for three minutes straight as her skin literally cooked on the street. She suffered third-degree burns as a result, and her leg was left severely disfigured.
From 8 News Now:
LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas woman is suing the Metropolitan Police Department saying she was literally given the "third degree."The police denied any responsibility and said her injuries were her own fault.
Local artist Cristina Paulos received third degree burns during an encounter with police after a traffic accident.
It all began on a hot August day when a car crash and a woman's arrest led to severe burns from scorching pavement and a lawsuit alleging excessive force.
"So, this is two years of healing. So, it's got a lot better, it used to look a lot worse," Paulos said.
The images of the woman's injuries are graphic. She fears she will forever bear the scars from an encounter with Metro Police in Aug. 2011.
"I was held down by police and security at the Palms property. And from that, I got third degree burns on my legs," Paulos said.
She admits driving her car into the exit lanes of the Palms hotel and hitting two cars in the process. But she was not drunk or high on drugs. She was later diagnosed as having a mental disorder that she now manages with medication. But her behavior was definitely erratic following the crash. She first ran from the scene then returned and climbed into one the car's she hit.
Casino surveillance video shows her getting out of that car and coming face-to-face with a Metro officer, who, after a brief interaction, takes her to the pavement. The high temperature that day was 104 degrees, but the asphalt was certainly much hotter.
"I literally thought I was in hell, what I believed was hell at the time because my flesh was burning. My skin was burning," she said.
The I-Team wanted to see how long Paulos' body was in contact with the asphalt. A clock was started the moment she came into contact with the pavement and it shows she was on the hot ground for more than three minutes.
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