The family of a grandmother jailed for spitting on an off-duty police officer working as a security guard at a Chicago suburb Hooters is suing the restaurant chain and the town, CBS News station WBBM-TV in Chicago reports.
Livier Torres was sentenced to 200 days at the Cook County Jail after being convicted of battery for spitting on the off-duty Oak Lawn police officer after she disputed her bill at Hooters.
Her attorney said Torres never spit on the officer, and witnesses and surveillance video support that.
Liver’s son, Michael Torres, also said his mother assaulted nobody. Rather, he said, the security guard assaulted his mother Jan. 10 at the restaurant. The family has now filed a lawsuit.
The incident started when Torres and her daughter went to the Hooters for a girls’ night out, her son said. When they received the check, they discovered a charge that didn’t belong.
Torres told the waitress she would not pay for the item she hadn’t ordered. The waitress then left to get someone else. But instead of getting the manager, she got the off-duty police officer, Joseph Schmidt, according to her son.
Even if she spit on him, I don’t think this is how you are supposed to handle an arrest. Though she claims she didn’t spit on him, and the video certainly isn’t clear enough to show it, the way her head moves just before he grabs her does look like the motion that someone might make if one were to spit on somebody.
Still, like the son said – he is supposed to be the professional and act more maturely.
She might have been ranting and raving, but she did not look to me like she was a physical threat to anyone. She appears prepared to pay the bill despite the dispute.
Her being angry is not a justification, in my opinion, for butting up against the lady, arguing with her, and simply inflaming the situation. Grabbing her hair was over the top and way out of line. Being spit upon does not give one permission to manhandle someone.
I wouldn’t want the man working at my business.
But what do I know? I am just an average guy with a blog.