Woman sues after Chicago police drag her from car by hair

CHICAGO (AP) - A woman who says she was yanked by the hair of a car during an encounter at a mall in Chicago has filed a federal lawsuit against the city.
Mia Wright, 25, and four family members claim their civil rights have been violated, claiming the May confrontation blinded them in one eye because police broke the windows of the car to get to the passengers.
"During this attack, Mia Wright could not breathe and was paralyzed when her face and neck were struck against the concrete floor," said the lawsuit in the US District Court in Chicago.
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The incident occurred during the riots in Chicago and across the country after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. Police were responding to reports of looting at the mall when they came across a car carrying Wright and others.
Officers said they suspected the people in the car were there to disturb the peace. But Wright said she and others were in the vehicle at the mall shopping for a birthday party and didn't realize it had closed because of the riot.
The lawsuit says the video shows two Chicago police officers crouching and chatting before going to Wright's car and pulling them out of the car while other cops hurl swear words at them. An officer pressed his knee into Wright's back as she lay on the floor.
Two officers were relieved of their duties while the Civilian Police Accountability Office is investigating the case.
The Chicago Legal Department announced Wednesday that they had not been served a copy of the lawsuit and were unable to comment. The Chicago Police Department also declined to comment.

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