A North Texas woman who says a Pantego police officer caused her breast implant to rupture during an arrest is suing the department.
Rebecca Van Hooser of Arlington, Texas, said the officer threw her against her car on Oct. 28, 2011, when he arrested her during a traffic stop.
The Pantego officer pulled her over on a headlight violation and arrested her after learning she had a warrant for an unpaid speeding ticket.
"She gets out of the car, (the officer) grabs her, throws her against the car, spreads her legs ... and grabs her arms and forcefully pulls them out and yanks them very hard behind her back," said her attorney, Susan Hutchison.
Hutchison said throwing Van Hooser against the car caused her breast implant to burst.
"She's screaming in pain, and his response is, 'This isn't supposed to be comfortable,'" Hutchison said.
Van Hooser spent the night in jail.
Her attorney said the rupture has led to health problems.
"She's had a number of surgeries," Hutchison said. "She had two hematomas as a result, and she's going to have to have a partial mastectomy, tissue transplant and a new implant."
[...]Pantego officials said the town has complete faith in its police force. The town said its officers always conduct themselves in the most professional manner.
There's nothing more "professional" than beating up women over unpaid parking tickets and denying them medical attention as they suffer. Someone give this cop a medal.
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