Police Abuse

Motorcylist Lawsuit Alleges Suburban Illinois Cop Ran Him Over, Smashed His Face In

Video of the event led to prosecutors dropping charges against the motorcyclist, the lawsuit claims


A Maywood police officer purposely ran over a motorcyclist with his squad car, then smashed the man's face repeatedly into concrete, the man claims in Federal Court.

Jorge Velez sued the Village of Maywood and its police Officer H. Matais aka Hector Matias. (The officer's last name is spelled both ways in the complaint.)

Velez says he was riding his motorcycle in suburban Maywood when Matais "began to give chase to the motor bike being operated by the plaintiff, Jorge Velez, for reasons unbeknownst to Jorge Velez."